It really is incredible to see how much can happen in just five days. News coming in from the households participating in the challenge includes great discoveries of local recycling facilities that will help keep all sorts of materials out of the bin.
There have been challenges too, including one household, which was trying to find a convenient Tetra Pak recycling bank. Hopefully that will be resolved.
I've made a few discoveries this week too, not least that all the recycling centres across Suffolk take plastic packaging such as rice and pasta packets as well as the polythene bags, but we can also bung corks in their timber collection and their media banks will accept VHS tapes, cassettes as well as CDs and DVDs.
That's the thing with recycling centres, facilities are always changing so if it's been a while, it's always worth popping in for a bit of a gander, as was discovered by one of our participants today, who drives past most days but has never been in, except for one occasion as a passenger.
Other great discoveries include improvements over the last year to council business recycling facilities in Bury St Edmunds, which now includes heavyweight items such as glass. Having met with our borough council today, I'm also looking forward to more good news being announced over the next few months. Further afield, Aylesbury Vale District Council, home to one of our families, will also be announcing improvements to their service too.
This week, our local primary school commited to taking its own Rubbish Diet Challenge and has already started to investigate how they can reduce food waste over the next seven weeks, a project that's been adopted by their eco-club, so I'll be keeping an eye on how they get on.
And elsewhere, a local cafe, The Coffee House in Moreton Hall, signed up as a Tapwater.org refill station, enabling passers-by to refill their water bottles for free and reduce the need for bottled water. I only suggested it on Wednesday and by Thursday, they were on the Tapwater map.
So what with our Ipswich bin slimmer receiving her new slim bin from the council, a compost bin on order for another and a kitchen waste caddy awaiting delivery and some reports coming in of less waste, it has been a really good start to The Rubbish Diet Challenge 2012. And I really can't thank the participants enough, as well as others who are joining in as the challenge progresses.
But the proof is always in the pudding and we will find out more at next week's Monday Meeting, when a new set of mini-challenges will be set,
However, in the meantime, if you haven't seen it before, do check out one of my favourite videos of this week, put together by Tim Atkinson, aka The Dotterel, who's taking the challenge in Lincolnshire. The full blogpost can be found here.