To: CANTERBURY CITY COUNCIL, UKC, CCCU, UCA, GAUC, CHAUCER COLLEGE & OTHER EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS WITH STUDENTS RESIDING IN CANTERBURY

PETITION FOR AN OFFICIAL STUDENT GOODS RECYCLING SCHEME & YEAR ROUND FREE SHOPS ON CAMPUSES

PETITION FOR AN OFFICIAL STUDENT GOODS RECYCLING SCHEME & YEAR ROUND FREE SHOPS ON CAMPUSES

We petition Canterbury City Council, UKC, CCCU, UCA, GAUC, Chaucer College and other educational institutions in the city of Canterbury, Kent to create an official end of year student goods recycling scheme and year round on campus free shops. Furthermore we ask that an official well publicised scheme be in place by the next major student relocation commencing in May 2018.

Why is this important?

The GREEN Team Canterbury, a local voluntary community group, has worked hard for the past few years to expose the enormous amount of perfectly good items going to waste in landfill during student relocation, which begins in May every year and continues over a period of about three weeks. The waste is plain to see but we have found much of the contents of bins and sacks is not RUBBISH!

These include:

CROCKERY, CUTLERY, POTS & PANS, ELECTRICALS, ELECTRONICS, CLOTHES, SHOES, BAGS, CDS & DVDS, JEWELLRY, BRIC A BRAC, SOFT FURNISHINGS, TOWELS, BOOKS, STATIONERY, BEDDING, AND NON-PERISHABLE FOOD.

The sheer amount being thrown out is mind boggling, both on and off campuses, and would inundate our city's charity shop sector. Many students have no way of getting their unwanted possessions to them anyway. Added to this is the fact that most of this stuff is ideal for the following year’s students and we think that these items should be available in year round on campus free shops. There were many smiling faces when these items were redistributed at our Pop-up Free Shops over the past three summers. There was also shock that these items, some even new, were headed to landfill until they were covertly intercepted by The GREEN Team Canterbury.

So much more could be achieved with an official well publicised scheme that doesn’t require going through contaminated rubbish to recycle unwanted stuff. There are already numerous schemes operating both nationally and globally. This is not rocket science. This can be done.

We have been in contact with Canterbury City Council and local educational institutions for some time but unfortunately no scheme as yet has been planned. We are therefore petitioning the above to show the amount of support city wide for a scheme and to spur them into action. Councils are being required to reduce landfill and may face penalties for non compliance with both national and Europe wide targets. Meanwhile our planet and its people are crying out for change. This would be good for all, especially the following year’s students. We think all the parties involved should work together and create a viable official and well publicised scheme in time for the next student relocation in May 2018.

So please show your support and sign this petition as well as share it widely, thanks.

Best wishes,
Mark & Diane, co-founders,
The GREEN Team Canterbury
http://www.facebook.com/thegreenteamcanterbury
thegreenteamcanterbury@zoho.com
http://thegreenteamcanterbury.zohosites.com/

Canterbury, Kent

Reasons for signing

  • Easy opportunity to avoid waste, save money, reduce environmental damage, meet legal obligations. Truly, not rocket science! If/when more people are aware of the amount and type of stuff which goes to landfill at year end there will be an outcry.
  • I feel like it is almost common sense this should be done. At Woolf College (UKC) I know at the beginning of the year there was a free-cycle with stuff from the previous year. This is not only more sustainable, but also very useful and easy so students do not have to buy everything themselves. Lets make this happen on a bigger scale!
  • It's such a good idea.

Updates

2017-11-17 08:14:51 +0000

You got us past 300 signatures. Thank you all so very much! Please keep sharing with your friends and connections, wherever and whenever you can, as we need loads more to push this. We especially want to reach the students of Canterbury. Thanks again for your support. If you haven't already, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.
Diane & Mark, co-founders
The GREEN Team Canterbury

2017-11-09 14:00:34 +0000

Thanks, everyone! We're past 200 signatures now. We need many more though, to push this. So keep sharing, as widely as you can, and nag your friends, colleagues, acquaintances (!) to sign. Let's stop this waste of perfectly good items and create something amazing and sustainable for Canterbury and our planet.

2017-11-04 12:22:43 +0000

100 signatures reached

2017-11-03 13:08:33 +0000

50 signatures reached

2017-11-02 16:45:00 +0000

Apologies for the error with the years. Two of us looked at the petition many times and didn't spot that we had put May 2017, instead of 2018, for a scheme to be in place. How embarrassing! This has now been fixed. Please sign and share this petition widely so that the enormous waste of perfectly good items to landfill can finally be prevented. We are counting on loads of signatures and your support is so appreciated. :-)

2017-11-02 16:10:35 +0000

25 signatures reached

2017-11-02 08:38:40 +0000

10 signatures reached