What a fun day we had on our first West London Rubbish Diet trip.
Rubbish Dieters (and their children) from West London joined us on a visit to the Science Museum’s Rubbish Collection. We were lucky enough to have a talk and tour of the collection by the Curator of the exhibition Sarah Harvey.
In a large basement, 30 days’ worth of the Science Museum’s rubbish had been sorted, catalogued and set out in a display which showed the sheer quantity of the materials thrown away.
Sarah told us a whopping 28 tonnes of rubbish was binned over the month. A third of this was recycled and some of the items were reused within the museum.
One of the most common things found in the bin was whole apples. We all found that hard to believe!
Another eye opener was the number of plastic knives, forks and spoons. There was a lot of discussion about the source of this plastic; much of which was recognised from local takeaway outlets near the museum.
Huge rolls of paper, taller than some of the dieter’s children, representing the 7.5 tonnes of card and paper thrown away, had been constructed and looked like a paper version of Stonehenge.
Other discarded items included clothes, medicines, electronics, printer cartridges and even dehydrated human poo!
After a short stop at the museum’s Launchpad kids area we found a nearby green space to relax, talk rubbish and share homemade snacks in reusable containers before we departed for home.