The Challenge

Bioregional consider this to be the challenge we face globally in relation to Zero Waste;

  • the waste from discarded products and packaging which is creating a huge disposal problem while wasting valuable resources

The Goals

Bioregional identify the following goals, set so we can all contribute to a common and ultimate goal;

  • to reduce wasteful consumption
  • to maximise, reuse and recycling
  • to aim for zero waste to landfill

The Green Centre

Since 2006 the Green Centre team have been considering the Bioregional challenge and focusing on the Bioregional goals. The team have applied them through a series of initiatives developed in collaboration with the Brighton and Hove community and further afield through national and global initiatives. Through this organic process of learning our journey has centered around a set of intentions which help us practice the art of Zero Waste.

  • Our intentions;
    The practice of Zero Waste requires a full understanding of the Waste Hierarchy and an intention to move through the stages from Recover at the very bottom to Refuse at the very top.

1. to Refuse
2. to Reduce
3. to Reuse 
4. to Recycle 
5. to Recover

  • Local to Brighton and Hove the Green Centre team have engaged with Magpie Recycling and City Clean so we are familiar with the materials which can be recycled through these organisations giving us a holistic view of Brighton and Hove's residential recycling opportunities. We share this information with Brighton and Hove residents through our Green A to Z.  As a business, albeit a non-for profit we are required to have a registered waste carrier to dispose of our waste. We use and recommend Paper Round.

  • Nationally we have engaged with Freegle. We are blessed in Brighton and Hove to work with Newhaven resident Cat Fletcher and founder of Freegle. We have worked closely with Cat since 2009. We use Freegle extensively and have a Mini Freegle table on our stall at Brighton Open Market. We have also referred to Wastesavers in Newport, Wales who are an awarding winning recycling company in a country which at 52% boasts the 4th best recycling rates in the world. 
  • Globally we are able to keep abreast of global issues around waste and resources through Resource Magazine and Recycling & Waste World.