CAG OXFORDSHIRE COMMUNITY ACTION GROUPS DEC CAG Project Oxfordshire, Speedwell House, Speedwell Street, Oxford, OX1 1NE Tel: 01865 815871 2009 www.cagoxfordshire.org.uk getting the local businesses on board by offering Towards Zero them waste audits and help to reduce their waste. Waste Places In November, Environment Secretary Hilary Benn said, “We need to rethink how we view and treat waste in the UK. Why do we send valuable items like aluminium and food waste to landfill when we can turn them into new cans and renewable energy? We must now work together to build a zero waste nation, where we reduce the resources we use, reuse and recycle all that we can and only landfill things that have absolutely no other use”. Dorchester-on-Thames Carbon Project (DCP), in partnership with the Community Action Children of Dorchester St Birinus Primary School with Group Project, Oxfordshire County Council and head teacher Melissa Fry, learn about composting Oxfordshire Waste Partnership were successful in Laura Bristow, DCP secretary, said “The funding their recent bid for Defra’s Towards Zero Waste will be huge boost to our project and will help us Places funding aimed at innovative projects that to work with the entire village. We want to show would help reduce waste. people that reducing waste doesn’t need to be a chore but can also be really fun and save money DCP was thrilled to receive the grant. Mark at the same time!” Stevenson, chairman of the group said, “The Towards Zero Waste programme is fantastic For more details contact because it is entirely chosen and managed by us email@example.com to the advantage of our local community”. What is CAG Oxfordshire? DCP will be working closely with the local schools showing how to make ‘zero waste’ packed lunches, CAG Oxfordshire is a network of local voluntary as well as setting up a wormery to compost left groups in Oxfordshire. They organise events and over food. A ‘tumbler’ will also be installed at the initiatives to raise awareness and take action on school for composting larger quantities of school climate change issues including waste reduction, kitchen waste. promoting the 3Rs (reduce, reuse and recycle), sustainable transport, food, energy and water The scheme will also involve working with the issues in order to live a more sustainable and less WI and other groups to provide a series of free resource dependent life in their local community. ‘back to basics’ workshops to help develop skills The CAG project provides hands on support for that used to be taught at school or in the home, these groups. such as cooking, portion sizing, sewing, knitting, mending and budgeting. If you are interested to learn more please Other areas include promoting real nappy contact firstname.lastname@example.org schemes, setting up a village re-use and swapping or 07793 647190 website, ridding the village of junk mail and or visit www.cagoxfordshire.org.uk was a ‘multi-faceted project which motivated and Faringdon wins involved the whole community’ and that the team Research into effects of climate National Award deserved national recognition for hard work and change in temperate woods Eco tips for Christmas positive outcomes. At the Action for Market Eco Week 2010 (12-19th June) is already in the Towns Convention in October planning stages. www.ecoweek.info Deck the halls with real holly instead of Four members of the Community Action Group 2009, Faringdon’s eco-project network, including Frances Buckel CAG Project artificial, non biodegradable Christmas received the National Market decorations, let nature decorate your home. Towns Award, competing Thame Text Alert Officer, took advantage of Earthwatch and the HSBC House decorations can be made from organic, Climate Partnership’s invitation to join a climate against seven other projects for Christmas workshop at Wytham Wood at the end of October recycled and scrap materials. Try popcorn, in the finals. Faringdon Waste 2009. HSBC Climate Partnership is a five-year dough, cinnamon sticks, bows, gingerbread, Watchers staged a successful The Environment Working Group of 21st Century programme about climate change to inspire action holly, seasonal berries, ivy and evergreen swap, including a man on stilts Thame is encouraging Thame shoppers to sign by individuals, business and governments. branches – once you have finished with them, to entertain the crowd, as up to their ‘Plastic Bag Free Thame’ text alert you can put them in the composter. one of the first events in the reminder programme. The idea of the scheme Rick Munday and Terry Balfour from Dorchester eco week. Over two thousand is to remind people to take along a reusable Carbon Project are planning to give a presentation people enjoyed 33 separate bag when out Christmas shopping. This time, on the workshop to members of their group. Rick low-carbon events ranging from discovering growing shoppers will be given the option to receive more than one text per week as a reminder said, “It’s been a real insight into how scientists Retrader collect data for research into climate change”. The food locally, cycling around to take along reusable bags, so they do not research that volunteers are helping to undertake the town and a world record get left in the car or at home. Go and shop in is to assess the effects of climate change on Building on the popularity of freecycle within the for hugging a wind turbine. Thame to find out how to sign up, or contact fragmented woodlands. The future of forest carbon county, a new materials exchange website for The judges commented that it email@example.com stocks are uncertain. Oxfordshire businesses is on its way. In the run up to Christmas, Oxford Waste Partnership is due Participants at the workshop had intensive learning to launch their new online materials exchange. The CAG contact list sessions, finding out the scientific evidence behind Materials listed can range from surplus building climate change and looking at some of the possible materials to shop fittings and unwanted office actions. At present the rate of fossil fuel burning is machinery to industrial by-products. Primarily CAG Project Manager Simon Kenton 07793 647190 firstname.lastname@example.org increasing by 3% emissions growth per year and directed at Oxfordshire businesses, this allows CAG Project Officer Frances Buckel 07903 037290 email@example.com global temperatures could increase rapidly. members to list wanted and offered items. Abingdon Carbon Cutters Susie Howard 01235 533278 firstname.lastname@example.org BabyStore Bicester Debbie Nixon 07826 340599 email@example.com Jacinta Sands, from the newly formed Duns Tew Barracks Lane Annie Davie & CAG, said she would like every home in Duns Tew to Community Garden John Green 01865 249450 firstname.lastname@example.org do just one thing to help reduce carbon emissions, whether it was to reduce car journeys, use energy Bullingdon (Orinoco) Jon Stacey 07960 661748 email@example.com efficient light bulbs or recycle more, people would Canalside Environment Group Moira Dorey 01865 311511 firstname.lastname@example.org not only save money but help reduce the emissions Charlbury Area WAG Colin Critch 01608 811057 email@example.com of the village. Dean Court Priscilla Waugh 01865 863189 firstname.lastname@example.org Dorchester Carbon Project Laura Bristow 01865 340286 email@example.com Why waste it? Duns Tew Maria Huff on request firstname.lastname@example.org trade it Eynsham Area Waste Action Group Liz Bickley 01865 884496 email@example.com Faringdon Waste Watchers Andy Hayter 01367 241289 firstname.lastname@example.org Retrader, www.retrader.org.uk, will also be open Kidlington Vs Climate Change Anthony Simpson on request email@example.com to registered charities, social groups and other LEN – Longworth & Hinton Carol Hall 07903 037290 firstname.lastname@example.org community groups who are often better placed to Low Carbon Headington Mary Gill 07793 647190 email@example.com make use of surplus or unwanted items – often Low Carbon West Oxford The Secretary 07903 037290 firstname.lastname@example.org through resourceful or ingenious uses. Residents Sunnymead Environment Group Elaine Steane on request email@example.com of the county may also benefit indirectly from the facility as many items or materials will be directed Sustainable Wallingford Mark Palmer 01491 839230 firstname.lastname@example.org through county based re-use organizations or Sustainable Woodstock Colin Carritt 01993 811977 email@example.com Jacinta, Rick and Terry taking measurements in the woods other public online re-use sites. Re-use is very Thame Environment Group Alison Isherwood 01844 215215 firstname.lastname@example.org much on the agenda for OWP and it is hoped that Frances Buckel hopes that with her newly learnt Wantage Area Climate Action Hugh Falkner 01235 765449 email@example.com knowledge she will be able to help other CAGs with this is just the start of many new and exciting re- Wheatley CAG Paul Bailey 01865 874588 firstname.lastname@example.org ideas for carbon reduction. Earthwatch are planning use initiatives. Witney WAG Sandra Simpson 01993 778608 email@example.com to offer further workshops to local Oxfordshire Woodcote CAG Christopher Quinton 07973 540044 firstname.lastname@example.org groups in the future. Gavin Hull, Materials Re-use Officer, 01865 For more information contact 815959 or mobile 07775 025245 Zero Waste Wolvercote Christopher Gowers 07793 647190 email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org Email: email@example.com Love Food Hate Waste Christmas and New Year Resolutions Eco tips for Christmas Over 8000 people have signed up to the pledge Paraffin candles are made from petroleum to waste less food, that’s equivalent to one in How to have an Eco Christmas residues so do not do your health or the every street in Oxfordshire. Oxfordshire Waste Emma’s Post-Crimbo Pie environment any good. Soy, beeswax or natural Partnership roadshows around the county have Abingdon Carbon Cutters has run a series of ‘How vegetable-based candles are better because they been a resounding success with people showing to…’ events during the year and on Wednesday 18th biodegrade, are smoke-free, and so more eco great interest in how to get the right portion sizes Christmas guarantees a wide variety of leftovers November they held an exciting evening looking at friendly and make tasty dishes from leftovers. that need eating up. If you can’t face another turkey ‘How to have an Eco Christmas’. Members of the If you have not already signed up, go to curry, or bubble and squeak, then plan on putting group were asked to bring along some bright ideas We always cook too much at Christmas - www.oxfordshirewaste.gov.uk for details. together a pie this year. for cutting Christmas carbon and still have a good ensure all spare food has cooled before putting it time. into the fridge as this will help save energy You’ll be entitled to a free recipe book once The great thing about pies is that they can be altered you’ve made the pledge. Christmas is a time to suit whatever leftovers you have, and they’re not When cooking Christmas lunch, keep lids on of celebration but is it really necessary to fill tricky either. your saucepans – vegetables will cook quicker your shopping trolley to the brim? Careful menu and you’ll be saving energy too planning can help save wasted food and you can First of all you need a filling. Here’s where you can have a more relaxed time, as you will be better use up those turkey leftovers, or ham, or beef, or chicken – whatever cooked meat you have around, prepared. For those left overs Emma Cooper, from chop it into chunks and put it in the bottom of a pie Oxford Bread Group Abingdon Carbon Cutters, has suggested her crimbo pie recipe. See opposite. dish. Add in any cooked veg that’s sitting around and add a little bit of sauce in the form of leftover Nothing beats the real flavour of freshly home gravy or the dregs of the cream (or make yourself baked bread. If you don’t have the time to bake T a little bit of white sauce if you don’t have anything your own then there is an opportunity to subscribe suitable). If you’ve got smoked salmon and prawns to the Oxford bread group. Bread is produced by leftover from starters and nibbles then think about master baker Geoff Coleman at the Cornfield Bakery, making fish pie. Wheatley. A traditional fermentation process allows the loaf to develop its natural flavours. However, it Now your pie needs a topping. If you’ve got mashed was John Letts who discovered the older varieties of potatoes leftover then you’re sorted – just spread wheat in local thatched roofs and found a farmer to those out on top. If you’ve got roast or boiled grow them. potatoes then you’ll need to mash them up with a Christmas decorations can be made from little bit of milk or butter first. If you’ve got a handful scraps of material or natural items. Oxford Bread Group goals are to: of crisps then crush them up and sprinkle them on • Create a buying group for locally baked the top – or use up that last bit of grated cheese. Some of the Green Christmas ideas discussed were bread using 100% locally-grown flour virtual presents, ‘for the person who has everything’, • Encourage the use of ecologically Pop your pie into the oven (I generally use wrapping presents, Christmas decorations and food. sustainable cereal production methods 200°C/400°C/Gas mark 6) until it’s heated through The virtual present allows you to choose something • Support the on-farm conservation of cereal and the potato topping is starting to brown – about on someone’s behalf that is sent to a place in the biodiversity half an hour. developing world. You get a card to give to your To find out more: www.oxfordlocalbread.org Emma Cooper, Abingdon Carbon Cutters friend/relative, saying what you’ve given on their or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com behalf. www.oxfamunwrapped.com has a good Paul Mocroft and Ilja Harvey at a roadshow catalogue with presents from £5 upwards or try www.chritianaid.org.uk Eco tips for Christmas If you require an actual gift, check out www.tearcraft.org.uk or www.traidcraftshop.co.uk, these products are made ‘fairly’ and are certainly worth thinking about. Give Christmas gifts that are experiences, Plant a rooted Christmas tree in your garden to tickets to a film or show, spending time with a help offset CO2 emissions. After Christmas, a non Recycled goods might be an option for Christmas family member – no need to gift wrap rooted fresh tree should be shredded or put into presents and www.ecotopia.co.uk has a range of green waste and not landfill recycled cardboard toys, like a play house, rocket Buy your Christmas dinner locally, shopping or tepee, ideal for childrens’ Christmas presents. at farmers markets (find your nearest at www. Replace electricity guzzling Christmas lights with The Oxford Bread Group had a stall at this year’s They also have an extensive range of wildlife goods Wychwood Fair, joining Charlbury Area Waste Action farmersmarkets.net) or shop online via The Big eco friendly ones (LED lights), but remember to turn and feeders as well as eco cleaning products. Barn (www.bigbarn.co.uk) lights off overnight or when you’re not at home Group’s stand, and did a fantastic job promoting Christmas can still be fun and green! their bread. Sustainable Wallingford launched a list of eight simple tasks for local residents, to help cut their Oxfordshire BIG Climate Event energy use. Oil buying groups: too good Oxfordshire Community Action Groups, joined with One of the strongest motivators for doing something to be true...? Oxfordshire Climate Xchange to organise the Big is to see other people doing it as well. Although Climate Event on Saturday 7th November 2009. individuals may not think their contributions make Is it really possible to enhance your village’s a difference, together a community can make a environment and save money? The day was one for skill sharing and learning significant impact. Yes, by forming a domestic heating oil buying group from each other. The diverse range of workshops that buys together, on one day, and negotiates one brought key people from across Oxfordshire to price, cheaper than if individually bought. share their experience and to give practical help and advice about some of the innovative projects In addition, because all members in the village are and cutting edge ways of tackling climate change using one supplier, the deliveries are co-ordinated on the ground. and the number of truck journeys to the village falls Opportunity to talk to stall holders dramatically, reducing CO2 emissions. Wootton and Glympton Oil Buying Group achieved all of these The Big Climate Event is a celebration of that brilliant things when they bought their very first order in inspiration being shown by our community groups September. – and a challenge to our county’s leaders to match them”. However, he also said that climate change Chris Pomfret co-ordinated the Wootton and campaigners need to market themselves better. One Glympton group and says the success prompted him way might be to sign up to “Be Part of Prove it!” at to develop the idea: “Once the model was in place, www.sciencemuseum.org.uk James Kirkwood, EST and Mark Stevenson, Chair DCP it was possible to expand the geographical area and create a huge group of people buying together, One valuable suggestion in the closing session was for For more details visit saving money and reducing carbon emissions.” a joined up “who’s who” database of people involved www.sustainablewallingford.org or Chris now has members in nearly 20 Oxfordshire in local action, including a list of their interests and www.dorchestercarbonproject.org.uk communities. He says: “My own personal goal is to skills, that can be used as a resource by other groups. remove 2000 tonnes of CO2 from the UK economy in l to r: Jo Hamilton, Right Worshipful the Lord Mayor of the next 14 months”. Oxford, Cllr Mary Clarkson, Simon Kenton, Oxford Sheriff Cllr Elise Benjamin and Ian Curtis After a day of grappling with such things as how Oxford Car Clubs a thermal imaging camera works, new initiatives If you would like to discuss how you or your in waste reduction and how to get more people The Right Worshipful the Lord Mayor of Oxford community can benefit and get involved, then involved, participants could relax and chat over wine, There are two separate car-share schemes Councillor Mary Clarkson, opened the event please call Chris Pomfret on 07984 425086 or kindly supplied by the Mid-Counties Co-operative. currently operating in Oxford: “Streetcar,” www. and Oxford Sheriff, Councillor Elise Benjamin, 24hr message service - 0808 1080838. streetcar.co.uk with a total of twelve cars and added her thoughts. ‘Keynote listeners’ included Summaries of the workshops are on the CAG Commonwheels, which operates with 6 cars in representatives from Oxfordshire County Council, website under ‘Big Climate Event’: the Cowley Road area and has another car in Oxford City, West Oxfordshire District Council www.cagoxfordshire.org.uk/big-climate-event Headington. and Oxfordshire Waste Partnership. Ian Curtis, Development Officer at Oxford University’s Cut waste and packaging Car share schemes can result in a reduction in the Environmental Change Institute, who gave a number of cars needing parking space. Similarly car motivational key address, said “Oxfordshire’s citizens are blazing the climate change trail in the Dorchester and Wallingford – club members tend to think about their travel plans and choose the best mode (e.g. bus, cycle, train, In September 2009, six of the UK’s top DIY retailers and brands signed an historic agreement to reduce UK by joining up the expertise in our communities Green Community Winners! where appropriate), reducing overall car traffic. packaging and waste to landfill, under a new with that of our scientists, business entrepreneurs, Another obvious benefit is the amount of money voluntary industry initiative led by WRAP (Waste and many others. saved on tax, insurance and repairs since everything & Resources Action Programme). Wickes, B&Q, Dorchester Carbon Project and Sustainable is included in the hourly rate. Homebase, Argos, Focus and Henkel have agreed Wallingford have been selected by the Energy Saving to work together for the first time to achieve a Trust to be part of their Green Communities. James Are any CAGs trying to organise such schemes? 15% packaging reduction and a 50% reduction in Kirkwood from the Energy Saving Trust, will work In order for any scheme to be successful an waste to landfill by the end of 2012, against a 2007 alongside these two communities for a year, helping essential component is a cluster of members who baseline. They will also look at ways of helping them to understand their carbon footprint and are prepared to use the vehicle and promote the consumers to recycle more. develop a realistic action plan to deliver an energy scheme in the locality. The new scheme needs lots efficiency or renewable energy project. of publicity. Commonwheels will be happy to provide The launch of the new industry agreement comes a speaker for a meeting of local residents. hot on the heels of the launch of the Government’s Dorchester and Wallingford are two communities new UK Packaging Strategy, Making the Most of To find out more contact them on that have been chosen from the 17 applicants from Packaging, which advocated the voluntary approach firstname.lastname@example.org Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire. to deliver packaging optimisation. Lively debate at the Big Climate Event or call 0845 4786396 Many of the CAGs hold regular monthly swap shops during the year. If you would like to run a swap County Wide Swap Shop shop, you do not have to be a CAG - there is still time to organise a swap shop to join in the county wide event. Swappers will be out and about, bringing, taking For more information at or swapping for free at many venues throughout www.cagoxfordshire.org.uk or contact Oxfordshire, on Saturday 23rd January 2010. Frances on 07903 037290 email@example.com Swap shops are great social events not only giving people the opportunity to pass on items they no longer require, but also meet friends and neighbours, and discuss ways to reduce, reuse and recycle. 23rd January is an ideal time to bring along unwanted Christmas presents, or those items that are no longer required but are still perfectly good. Many of the CAGs can now test small electrical items, so check the CAG website to see if you can bring electrical goods as these cannot be swapped unless they are tested first. Oxford University and Oxford Brookes are also getting involved in 2010 and will be running their own swaps during February. This is a great way to get students to think about what to do with items they no longer require. 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