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Lovely Leftovers (it’s not just food you know!)


Whether you’re at home for Christmas or spending time with family and friends you’ll see that lots of things are coming into the house and lots of stuff is heading out the door to the bins as well. With almost £500 spent on both food and presents at Christmas we all want to get t…

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It’s Christmas

Christmas circuit board stars decoration (web size)

We’d like to wish everyone in West London a Happy Christmas and a relaxing festive season. If you are reading this on Christmas Eve or Day we’ve got a few tips for you to help you reduce how much ends up in your bin on Christmas Day. Tip 1 Sort for re-use and recycling when…

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Not long left to shop

Presents 3

Whether it’s food or presents you’ve still got left to get – don’t panic. There’s still Saturday, Sunday and Monday left to buy what you need. This is plenty of time if you follow our 5 steps to last-minute Christmas success. 1 Make a to do list What do you need to do? Take a…

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Wanted – Love Christmas Hate Waste Champions


Take up the winter reduce, re-use, recycling challenge. We’re looking for individuals, couples and families to challenge themselves to go green with us this Christmas and write about what they’re doing. We can give you a helping hand to save money, the environment and time over the festive season with ideas to reduce, re-use and…

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Go green this Christmas and visit the ‘Stuff for Free’ event

Stuff for Free Logo

Do you need to do an emergency de-clutter to make room for all the lovely presents you’re expecting? Maybe you need to get some extra stocking fillers? If you’ve said yes to either of these you should come along to the North Acton ‘Stuff for Free’ event this weekend. This huge community event is a…

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The Buy Nothing Challenge

Making a shopping list 2 (web size)

It’s the Buy Nothing Challenge this week. Sound tough? Well, perhaps not as difficult as it seems, considering there’s £860 million worth of food sitting in UK freezers and we can feed ourselves for 11 days just with the food in the freezer – you may be able to eat this week without buying anything…

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Love food hate waste to warm your hands on Bonfire night

Cup of soup

Standing in the garden, warming your hands on the bonfire or standing at the fireworks, stamping your feet and rubbing your hands are traditional parts of bonfire night.  This year, keep your hands toasty and warm with a hot mug of soup and help get more from some food you might have ended up throwing…

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Be Hallo-Green

Lit pumpkin (web size)

With only a day left for final Halloween preparations here are a few ideas to get in the spirit of this increasingly popular celebration. For the last month you’ve seen the costumes, the pumpkins and scary foods (yes – ghost cupcakes), but all around you there are items you can re-use to add some Halloween…

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Stories from local volunteers

Maggie @ PAH (web size)

To help celebrate CSV Make a Difference Day, on Saturday 27th October we’ve visited two local organisations that help to reduce, re-use and recycle to see why volunteers matter to them. Our first stop is the William Wilberforce Trust (WWT) furniture warehouse and shop located just off the A4 near the Chiswick roundabout. All t…

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Make a Difference – Volunteer 2012

Volunteer sorting books (web size)

The 27th October is CSV Make a Difference Day, the UK’s biggest day of volunteering. Each year thousands of people volunteer at activities across the country. Are you a volunteer? This year we’ve heard a lot about volunteering, the success of the 70,000 Games Makers for London 2012 has shown us that volunteers really can…

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Love Food and the Environment

Apple with the world on it

Not only could you save up to £50 a month by making the most of all the food you buy but you can also do even more to help the environment. 61% of us, as shoppers, are concerned about the environmental impact of our food and groceries. Producing, distributing, storing and cooking food uses energy,…

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I feel like curry tonight

Pumpkin curry (web size)

It’s not like we need a special week to enjoy a good curry but as National Curry Week has arrived, why not do what the Romans would do in Rome? Here in the UK, we love our curries so much that we spend tens of millions of pounds buying curry ready meals, ordering curry takeaways…

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Waste Less, Live More with great furniture


This week is Waste Less, Live More week, a week when you can do one thing, big or small – that supports both people and the environment. This week we’d like you to consider how you can spend less on buying brand new stuff but still buy great quality things you’re proud to have in…

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Love Food Hate Waste pledgers win Foodie Prizes

Colette McDonagh accepting her prizes from Harrow Councillor O’Dell

Food loving West Londoners who last year pledged to reduce the amount of food they threw away have received prizes from the West London Waste Authority. The grand prize winner was David Horwood from Harrow, he won an £80 voucher for fine dining at Sam’s Brasserie & Bar in Chiswick. David treated his sister Jean Chatterj…

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Picnic Perfect

French Toast Nibbles (web size)

Whether you’re heading off to the local park or visiting London attractions it’s easy to put together a tasty and inexpensive lunch or dinner using up your leftovers and what you’ve already bought. Reducing the amount of food and drink we throw away can help the average family save around £50 a month. This could be put…

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Time for BBQ bliss

Mini Cheese Burger Stacks (web resize)

Why not celebrate the sun peeking out from behind the clouds, the Olympics and British Food Fortnight with something cold to drink, crunchy salads and food cooked over hot coals! We’re a barbeque nation with 60% of homes owning a barbeque, in fact the number of family barbeques we have during the summer has risen…

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What’s the label trying to tell you?

Best before date

Have you noticed a change to the packaging on the food you buy every week? A change in the date labels maybe, or an added recipe tip? Food retailers and manufacturers are always reviewing the guidance on their packaging and how they package things, to help ensure the food it as its best for longer…

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Businesses can now recycle electrical items for free!

WEEE at bring event

Have you got a corner in the office, or a cupboard in your warehouse or shop that’s filled with the bits of electrical items that you used to use but are now just covered in dust? Now you can free up that valuable space and do something great for the environment by recycling these items…

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WLWA partners with Let’s Get Cooking to reduce household food waste

Lets Get Cooking official picture

West London Waste Authority has turned to England’s largest network of healthy cooking clubs to help educate young people on how they can reduce food waste at home. The Authority has commissioned Let’s Get Cooking – run by the Children’s Food Trust with the School Food Trust – to launch 20 new clubs across Richmond…

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Keep food safe and make your budget go further!

Your fridge is your friend logo

Did I just hear a collective shout – “BORING!”? On first glance, the word “safe” does tend to make you yawn, but it is actually very INTERESTING and can save you up to £50 a month. It’s Food Safety week from 11 – 17 June so Love Food Hate Waste and the Food Standards Agency…

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A tasty, affordable and waste free Big Jubilee Lunch

Omlette Whirls - glamour on a budget

The Big Jubilee Lunch is a great idea for getting together with your neighbours to celebrate this summer. If you’re having a Big Jubilee Lunch this weekend we’ve some great hints and tips to help you feed more people with the food you have and hopefully save you lots of money! We waste over 7…

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Final two bidders short-listed for West London Waste contract

Pile of rubbish waiting to be treated

The West London Waste Authority (WLWA) has short-listed two bidders for the long term West London Residual Waste Services contract covering the boroughs of Brent, Ealing, Harrow, Hillingdon, Hounslow, and Richmond upon Thames. Two bidders, a consortium of E.ON Energy from Waste AG with Tata Chemicals Europe Limited and SITA UK Limited will now enter…

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Free compost to celebrate Compost Awareness Week

Pile of WL compost

There’s not been much chance in April to get your garden ready for growing, but we’re hoping the sun will come out in May! To help you get back into your garden, all the councils in West London are celebrating the 12th annual international Compost Awareness Week by giving you the chance to collect fr…

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I loved washable nappies so much I became a Nappy Guru!

Baby at washing machine

It’s Real Nappy Week from 16 to 22 April. If you want to know more about washable nappies, to talk other people who use them, meet others with young children then during Real Nappy Week we’ve got something for you. We’ve also just put online the presentations and workshop summaries from our West London Nappy…

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What will your TV do after the digital switchover?

Pile of TV's

West London Waste Authority and DHL Envirosolutions are encouraging everyone to recycle or send their unwanted TV sets for reuse during the digital switchover in the London TV region from April 4th 2012. The existing analogue TV signal will be switched off and replaced with a new, stronger digital TV signal. The switchover is happening…

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Give more but spend less – especially for your Mum

Happy Mothers Day in alphabet letters

With another day of observance approaching fast, Mothers’ Day, why not give something different from the traditional card, flowers and a gift and create less waste. Give a different type of card  Use the alphabet magnets on the fridge to say your Mothers’ Day message Get a personalised card with pictures of you and your…

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How will you support climate week?

Mainly blue sky

Climate Week is a week for everyone to do their bit to protect our planet and to reinvigorate confidence in the ability to combat climate change. The week aims to highlight the real and practical tips undertaken by workplaces and communities which will hopefully inspire others to take action. As a Waste Authority, our suggestions…

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There’s a Superhero in my kitchen

Freezer - open

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? no it’s a Fridge-Freezer….the ultimate food hero! A hero in keeping our food fresher for longer and in freezing foods for later; the fridge-freezer is a valuable tool in preventing food waste that can be found in any UK kitchen. However, research has shown that food and…

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Put your leftovers in pancakes

Pancake ingredients

Calling all Love Food Hate Waste lovers… the ultimate raid your fridge and cupboard celebration is nearly upon us – on 21st February it’s Pancake Day (Shrove Tuesday)! Traditionally, pancakes are eaten to use up the butter and eggs before Lent begins. Shrove Tuesday is a time to indulge and an opportunity to use whatever…

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Dairy lovers hate waste

Dairy lovers think LFHW

Can you imagine what £800 million looks like? I bet you never thought it would look like a mountain of milk, cheese, yoghurt, cream, or butter. Yes, we throw away that amount of dairy products! “Why?” I can hear you cry. The answer is that most of it is thrown away because we don’t us…

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