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Downham Market food waste & recycling pop-up event

Cllr Ian Devereux is pictured operating a smoothie maker powered by pedalling a bicycle, in Downham Market market place

Published: Thursday, 2nd November 2017

This Friday, 3 November, organisations involved in recycling waste will be at Town Square in Downham Market from 10am to 1pm, to launch the Sainsbury's Discovery Communities programme.

The programme is based on a £1m pilot scheme developed by Sainsbury's in Swadlincote (Derbyshire) last year, where different activities were trialled to encourage people to reduce their food waste and improve their recycling.

The Downham Market event and the Sainsbury's Discovery programme will be opened by town mayor, Councillor Frank Daymond, and is the first of a series of innovative activities designed to raise awareness about cutting food waste and increasing recycling in the town. 

The Borough Council of King's Lynn & West Norfolk's cabinet member for Environment, Cllr Ian Devereux, said:  "We're delighted that Downham Market has been chosen as one of  Sainsbury's Discovery Communities, and we'd like to thank local people in Downham Market for the great recycling they have done so far. 

"We are often asked what happens to waste once it's collected, so we thought it would be a good opportunity for us and the town council to give the townspeople a chance to talk to all the organisations concerned, and to find out how to reduce waste and recycle right."

The exhibitors include the Plan, Eat, Save team from Norfolk County Council, who will be focusing on reducing food waste; Recoup, the trade body for companies that specialise in recycling plastics; the borough council's Recycling and Waste Management team; the Salvation Army, whose textile banks and charity shops recycle clothes and shoes in the borough, and Greenworld from King's Lynn, where garden and landscaping waste is recycled into compost.

The event is supporting the Plan, Eat, Save leaflets that have gone out to all households in Downham Market this week. 

Food waste in the borough of King's Lynn and west Norfolk  is collected weekly, and should be put inside plastic bags and placed inside the kerbside food caddy.   

The funding for the Discovery Communities scheme was secured by the Norfolk Waste Partnership from Sainsbury's as part of a nationwide competitive bidding process.

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