Welcome to the Kingsbury Parish Council Climate Change webpage.
The Parish council recognise that there is no single solution to solve the climate change challenge but requires a concerted effort from all of us. So this page is aiming to promote:
- What the Parish Council is doing and what is happening within the Parish;
- Small things that we can all do to help;
- Show you where your waste goes;
- Useful links and further reading
What your Parish Council is doing
We have climate change as a standing item on our agenda and are actively seeking ways in which we can drive sustainable change forward. As part of our review of Planning Applications in the area we are putting pressure on developers to ensure they provide sustainable developments with a low carbon footprint. We are also actively pursuing DEFRA's "Ways to Tackle Climate Change" which can be found here:
Things we can do now
Join this month's campaign: Plastic Free July. This is a key initiative of the Plastic Free Foundation that aims to have a world that is free from harmful plastic waste. Find out how you can ditch plastic:
Easy actions we can all take now
Easy ideas which will have a minimal impact on your budget but will help reduce your carbon footprint. If you have any top tips then please let us know and we will add them to this site.
Have a shower instead of a bath
Why? To save water and reduce fuel to heat the water. This would constitute a household saving on your energy bill. Also, to reduce the CO2 footprint of the water company who clean the water. This could save up to 849kg of CO2 per year.
Change the settings on your dishwasher and washing machine
Why? Changing the settings to eco or 30oC will save on water used. It will help you to save money on your energy bill by using less fuel to heat the water.
Try to consume fewer meat and animal products
Why? This could be a difficult choice to make but to start try swapping beef for chicken. Animal feed has a high CO2 footprint in its creation. Bigger the animal, the more they consume. A cow has an average CO2 footprint of 36kgs per kilo of meat, whereas a Chicken is only 9kgs per kilo.
Stop using a disposable pen
Why? We are all aware that plastic straws are not biodegradable and pollute the oceans. So it is also the case with disposable pens which are if not worse. Pen Castings are made from non-biodegradable plastic and the inks contained within them are toxic. Try switching to a reusable pen like a fountain pen.
Use a bar of soap instead of liquid soap
Why? A Bar of soap uses 30% less water than liquid soap in its creation and has a greener manufacturing process. The packaging is generally made of cardboard or paper, which disintegrates faster than plastic containers liquid.
Have an idea?
Do you have an idea that involves the community - these are some potential funding routes:
Warwickshire climate emergency web page
Green Shoots Community Climate Fund Phase 2
HS2 Community and Environment Fund
Waste in North Warwickshire - what happens to it?
|Non-recyclable rubbish is taken via a waste transfer station to an Energy Recovery Facility in Staffordshire. At this facility, the waste is burnt to produce steam which is used to generate electricity.
|The material is taken via a waste transfer station to a Materials Recovery Facility (MRF). Plastic becomes more plastic bottles or used in clothing or garden furniture. Cans can be used to make bicycles, cars, or more cans. Paper and cardboard are recycled into newspapers and writing paper.
|Waste is taken to a waste transfer station in Nuneaton before transport to an In-Vessel Composter (IVC). Here it is turned into compost which can then be spread onto farmland.
Some useful links
These links will provide additional information and even answer some questions you might have.
Why you should put food waste in your green bin?
Warwickshire Waste Management report June 2022
Recycle talks for Schools
How to recycle your household items
Make a stand for biodiversity: Take part in No Mow May 2023
Make a stand for biodiversity: Take part in No Mow May 2023 – Warwickshire County Council