About the West Sussex Waste Prevention Advisor volunteer scheme
Why Prevent Waste?
Taking action on waste is essential, since we are consuming natural resources at an unsustainable rate and contributing unnecessarily to climate change. The government's Review of Waste Policy in England 2011 underlines that waste affects us all.
We all create waste, we care if our domestic refuse service does not work well, and we notice when fly tipping or litter affects our local environment. . The way we behave at home, at work or as consumers has a real impact. We need, as a society, to value products and care about how they are made and used, and how we deal with them when we no longer need or want them.
Each year many tonnes of waste from households is managed by West Sussex County and the District and Boroughs . Some of this waste currently ends up in landfill, where biodegradable waste generates methane, a powerful greenhouse gas. Much valuable energy is used up in making new products which are later disposed of, also contributing to climate change. But waste is a resource too.
Why become a Waste Prevention Advisor volunteer?
The Waste Prevention Advisor scheme is unique. West Sussex County Council and the District and Boroughs are working in partnership with the University of Brighton on this innovative project. Dr Ryan Woodard from the University provides training and the course includes health and safety and communication skills training. Committing to volunteering at least four times in the year following successful qualification, Waste Prevention Advisor volunteers are in direct contact with members of the general public offering advice and support to help avoid waste, save money and offer canny composting tips.
The WPA real impact is the positive effect in changing attitudes in our communities. Knowledgeable volunteers disseminate and pass on the correct information to friends and neighbours.
WPA volunteers enjoy the training course in Littlehampton