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See how you can Live Smart and Recycle Right at the New Forest Show

We're joining forces with Hampshire County Council at this year's New Forest and Hampshire County Show to share the message 'Live Smart, Recycle Right'.

Cllr Alison Hoare, Portfolio Holder for the Environment at NFDC said, "Our stand will have games and displays so visitors can have fun while they pick up some tips and advice, all with the reduce, reuse, recycle theme. 

"We have chosen to focus on waste and recycling this year as we know people are really keen to do their bit for the environment.  But knowing how you can live smart, by reducing what you buy and use, reusing things to give them a longer life, and what and how to recycle can be a minefield which puts people off even trying. 

"We would be foolish to believe that we can stop waste production entirely, but there is so much everyone can do to make a contribution and we want to help people realise that even the smallest of changes can build up to make a big difference.  As an example, our latest figures show us that a third of what is thrown away in the black sacks is food, much of which could have been eaten. Making small changes to what we buy and how we prepare and store food can have a huge impact on this waste.

"We don't want people to be put off recycling because it is confusing. We want people to get the 'six in the sack' right, putting paper, card, tins, cans, aerosols, and plastic bottles in their clear sacks. 

"Whilst we can't expect everyone to do a thousand things to help the environment, thousands of people doing a few things to help the environment will go such long way."

Councillor Rob Humby, Deputy Leader of Hampshire County Council and Executive Member for Economy, Transport and Environment, added, "Dealing with waste is a costly business for everyone and reducing the amount of household waste produced in the first place can make a big difference.

"We know that some of the best work in waste reduction goes on at a local level with groups sharing knowledge or providing facilities. We would like to inspire and encourage more of these initiatives."

For the second year running, to help encourage, kick start or expand projects, products and services which prevent waste at home, Hampshire County Council is offering grants of up to £5,000 from its Waste Prevention Community Grant Fund.

Grants awarded last year have helped numerous projects across Hampshire to help people waste less, including expanding the reach of family events to share, hire or rent baby products and toys in Fordingbridge and offering composting courses with a focus on the health benefits of gardening in Minstead.

For full eligibility criteria and more information on the grant, including how to apply, as well as videos of some of last year's successful projects, visit

At the Show, which runs Tuesday 30 July, Wednesday 31 July, and Thursday 1 August, staff will be on hand to explain what gets recycled in Hampshire, how to reduce food waste, ways to give your old household items another life, and how to start home composting. 

New Forest District Council and Hampshire County Council's Live Smart Recycle Right will be on Stand 24.

Updated: 18 Jul 2019
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