Surrey The problem Community Surrey Community Action decided it wanted to do its bit to keep the county green and beautiful. However, there was some Action joins confusion over where to begin the process and whether the the campaign cost would be prohibitive. to “save a little but To the RRRescue The first step was a call by staff to widen knowledge of the 3Rs often” and encourage adoption of a green ethos by demonstrating the resulting cost and environmental benefits. A raft of measures Charitable company were implemented including encouraging printing on both sides; is now helping the reusing scrap paper; handing out mini personal recycling bins; environment as well always considering a green alternative in purchasing decisions and disposal choices; building shelves out of scrap wood; and voluntary groups, making sure local charities benefit from redundant computer community groups and equipment and office furniture. SCA gave all employees an individuals in the county opportunity to express their view through a staff survey and to do an annual green office audit. For more information, visit Surrey Community Action also provides a shining example of www.surreywaste.info a local venture providing a lasting benefit: as a result of the green stance taken by SCA, a volunteer on the social enterprise course is baking biscuits using organic local produce. She sells them locally and gives a proportion of the proceeds to the Cinnamon Trust. Keeping the operation local has the dual benefit of less packaging and reduced transport. more... There are 3Rs in Surrey: Reduce Reuse Recycle Surrey The Bottom Line Community • As an organisation supporting charitable organisations Action joins every penny counts, so environmental measures also make financial sense the campaign • Surrey Community Action preach what they practice and to “save a spread the message on the 3Rs to organisations they are involved with little but • There is good staff buy-in from board level to volunteers in often” everything from purchasing policies and staff composting to designing material to promote the 3Rs and emptying your own recycling bin Charitable company is now helping the environment as well voluntary groups, community groups and individuals in the county For more information, visit www.surreywaste.info I believe Surrey Community Action has had real success and continues to have real success making everyone’s lives here greener. However, we want to go further by finding ways to cut down on our electricity consumption and spreading the 3Rs message to the wider community. We want everyone to ‘save a little but often’. Bob Ferrier, Surrey Community Action Resource Centre Manager There are 3Rs in Surrey: Reduce Reuse Recycle
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