In our last blogpost, we mentioned that the fantastic team from Resource Futures will be on hand at RWM, to talk to local authorities about The Rubbish Diet and will be our eyes and ears at this year’s expo, sharing all sorts of exciting things that they spot during the conference and exhibition. For readers who may not have come across their work before, here’s an introduction into their projects.
Resource Futures is an employee-owned and non-profit-distributing sustainability consultancy which contributes to communities. They have 25 years’ experience in the waste and resources industry, take great pride in their ethical approach to business, and are part of the B Corp movement. Although their head office is in Bristol, the consultancy has people working all over the country on a range of projects covering:
· evidence gathering: measuring what is being thrown away and where, by looking at what people put in their bins and recycling containers.
· insight: helping councils and businesses to find cost-effective ways of managing resources for social, environmental and economic benefit; and
· engagement: using innovative ways to communicate with all kinds of audiences across the UK, and creating networks and communities to achieve so they can help build lasting behaviour change.
Resource Futures has recently worked on a plastic hierarchy for the Resourcing the Future partnership, and looked at national reuse strategies for the Welsh Government. They also manage the Community RePaint network – a collection of over 60 schemes across the county that collect leftover paint and redistribute it to those in need. Check out the website to find out if there’s one near you (and take a look in your shed to see how many spare paint pots you have…) And one of their biggest and longest running projects is a Community Action Group network in Oxfordshire. This network brings together and supports a wide range of community groups in the area and it’s the largest of its kind in the UK. Every year it runs over 2,000 events attended by around 80,000 local residents and contributes over 20,000 volunteer hours to the county. They’ve also started a new CAG network too Devon, so if you live in Oxford or Devon, check them out and see what’s going on near you.
If you’re attending RWM, you’ll also find their team at three panel sessions. They’ll be debating: Are plastics the problem?; Do deposit and return schemes work?; and How to improve recyclate quality. Resource Future’s CEO Sam Reeve is presenting a seminar discussing ‘Carrot or stick to improve household recycling quality?’ Held in the Waste Crime theatre, he’ll be looking ways to encourage the best recycling from everyone in the UK so we can put that recycling to its best use, something likely close to all dieters’ hearts.