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Waste Prevention Volunteers

Waste Prevention Volunteers
Want to know more about recycling, reducing waste and composting? Could you help at a local event or talk to a school or community group about reducing waste? If you can spare a minimum of two hours per month, you could really make that time count by joining West Sussex County Council’s team of waste prevention volunteers. The Waste Prevention Advisor (WPA) scheme promotes the best ways West Sussex residents of all ages (18+) can reduce, reuse and recycle – and they are looking for new recruits.  The scheme has been running for seven years, supporting the waste team at the County Council to increase recycling and reduce waste by using a community based approach. They are looking for people who can offer volunteer support within their local communities, at planned events, fronting presentations, or talking to schools and inspiring community groups.  All training required for the volunteering role will be provided, covering everything you need to know about waste prevention through an e-learning programme, designed and monitored by the University of Brighton.  Additional support is provided through monthly e-newsletters, site visits, phone calls, an active steering group and regular emails.
Lionel Barnard, the County Council’s Cabinet Member for Residents Services, said: “This is a brilliant scheme that continues to help educate the way people think about waste.  The WPAs have helped improve people’s knowledge about reducing, reusing and recycling waste and to encourage them to understand the importance of putting the right items in the right bins, clean, dry and loose.  We want West Sussex householders to reduce household waste sent to landfill and the WPAs play a key role in encouraging residents to do so.”
The WPA Scheme’s training courses run annually and those who volunteer now will start training in February 2015 – ready for events next spring and summer.  For further information please telephone Phil Sandall on 033022 23457 or email  Closing date for applicants is 23rd January 2015.