Harlow residents get chance to be wastebusters

HARLOW residents can become waste busting heroes by volunteering to help their local community to reduce waste, increase recycling and save money, through Essex County Council’s WasteBuster programme.

Volunteers will be able to attend a free training day to find out about becoming a WasteBuster as well as get advice on reducing food waste, home composting, reusing and refurbishing items. They will then be able to speak to local groups, small or large to give demonstrations or workshops, as well as blog and share their knowledge.

County Councillor Kevin Bentley, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Economic Growth, Waste and Recycling, said: “Being a WasteBuster is a great way to meet like-minded people and to share ideas to reduce waste, recycle more and save money in the process. The training will help volunteers to go out and spread the message about minimising waste.”

WasteBuster volunteers will receive a kit to get them started which includes, a t-shirt & fleece, first aid kit and tally counter. It is open to all ages and backgrounds although participants will need to be over 16 years old. In addition to annual training, continued support and travel expenses will be provided for all recruited WasteBusters and rewards will be offered on completion of 15, 30 and 60 hours of volunteering.

David Church, from Witham, is already a WasteBuster, he said: “WasteBusters is an inspiring community volunteer group that offers a valuable service to residents across Essex. It has provided me with extensive experience, skills and knowledge in the recycling sector.”

The first training workshop will take place at Braintree Library on Saturday, 6 February from 9.30am – 4.30pm with lunch and travel expenses provided. This is the first of many training days which will be happening across the county.

If you would like to become a WasteBuster you can email the team at [email protected] Alternatively call 07771898132 or visit www.recycleforessex.com and watch our video featuring some WasteBuster volunteers.

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