Don't let your festive food go to waste

According to Love Food Hate Waste, more than a third of us admit we throw away more food at Christmas than at any other time of the year. In fact, the UK throws out the equivalent of: 2 million turkeys5 million Christmas puddings74 million mince pies That's a lot of wasted energy and water needed to make that food, as well as your money, going in t...
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Alternative advent calendars, wrapping paper and other tips

 Here are a few ideas to help you apply the reduce, reuse and recycle principles to the spirit of the festive season. Advent calendars They are great fun and the chocolate ones are very tasty but do create waste in terms of the cardboard outer box, foil cover and plastic inner. So why not make your own this year? Make it reusable and you can u...
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The great Christmas tree debate

Should you buy a real Christmas tree or an artificial one? In terms of waste prevention, opting for a plastic tree may seem the obvious way to go as if you look after it, then it can be used again and again. In comparison, about 250 tonnes of Christmas trees end up in landfill each year, even though there are better ways to dispose of them. However...
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A Christmas jumper is for life

Christmas jumpers have joined mince pies, ice skating and Noddy Holder in becoming an integral part of the festive season. Sadly, they are also adding to the shocking environmental damage Christmas does too. In the UK we spend about £220 million on Christmas jumpers but according to the environmental charity Hubbub a quarter of them end up in the b...
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Your naughty and nice Christmas recycling guide

Here is our guide to help you get your recycling right and cut your waste this Christmas. Visit what can I put in my green bin for information about all the items you can recycle at home. The Nice List These go in your green bin/clear sack or can be taken to a Household Recycling Centre where indicated. Wrapping paper – if it is not glittery o...
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Music workshops for people living with Dementia

Wychavon are proud to be continuing to support music workshops for people living with Dementia and their carers. The performances take place at the Number 8 Arts Centre in Pershore, starting at 1.30pm and finish at approximately 3pm. Guests can join in at their own pace, find out about life as a professional musician or about favourite pieces of mu...
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Changes to contact centre opening hours

 Changes are being made to the opening hours of Wychavon's customer contact centres from next week. The number of visitors to each centre continues to fall as residents increasingly turn to online services to access help and support, pay bills or find out information.Over the last three years there has been a 53% drop in visitors to Droitwich ...
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Still time to register for a proxy vote

 Residents unable to get to a polling station to vote in the upcoming General Election but who still want to have their say, are being reminded they can still register for a proxy vote. Although the deadline for applying to vote by post has now passed, those already registered can still nominate someone else to make their mark on the ballot pa...
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Free security advice on offer to businesses

Free advice is on offer to businesses to help protect their staff, premises and equipment at a special event later this month.A range of organisations will be attending the Protect Your Business, Protect Your Staff event which takes place on Thursday 28 November, from 4pm to 7pm at Sixways Stadium.Business owners will have the chance to find out mo...
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Inspiring the district’s future workforce

 Students from an Evesham school spent the day learning about possible future careers as part of a new scheme by Wychavon to inspire the district's future workforce. Year 10 pupils from The De Montford School started their day with an overview of Wychavon's strategy and values before touring the building to learn about each department.They als...
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Don’t lose your voice, register to vote

Residents do not have long to ensure they are registered to vote or apply for a postal vote in the upcoming General Election.The deadline to register to vote is midnight on Tuesday, 26 November 2019. Anyone who has not applied by that date will lose their right to have their say in who becomes the next MP for Mid Worcestershire, when the nation goe...
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Pershore turns purple for polio

 Up to 4,000 purple crocuses are set to be planted in Pershore's Abbey Park to mark World Polio Day. Wychavon's contractors, Continintal Landscapes, are joining forces with the Rotary Club of Pershore to plant the bulbs in support of the fight against polio.Rotary Clubs across Great Britain have been working with the Royal Horticultural Societ...
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Consultation starts on SWDP sites

Residents and businesses are being urged to have their say on plans for new housing, employment and retail sites across South Worcestershire.A six week public consultation begins today (Monday, 4 November) on proposals outlined in the Preferred Options document, as part of the next stage of the review of the South Worcestershire Development Plan (S...
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Search begins for talented youngsters with the W Factor

 The W Factor is back again for another year and Wychavon District Council is searching for the most talented young people in the district. Open auditions are set to take place on the following dates:Tuesday 19 November at Droitwich Spa High School from 5.30pm.Wednesday 20 November at The De Montfort School in Evesham from 5.30pm.Thursday 21 N...
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Are you recycling the right thing?

Residents are being urged to ensure they put the right thing in the right bin to help reduce the amount of recycling which ends up being lost due to contamination. Every year, about ten per cent of the content of Wychavon's green bins, has to be sent for incineration instead of being turned into new products. This is because it either contains too ...
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Joint effort cleans up Evesham eyesore

 An Evesham eyesore has been cleaned up thanks to a joint effort between Wychavon officers, the community and the landowner. Evesham Anti-litter Group raised concerns about the state of a car park off Lower Leys in Bengeworth following a routine litter pick.A storage container on the site was in a state of disrepair, having been set fire to, w...
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Dash cam footage used to fine litter lout

 Dash cam footage has been used by Wychavon for the first time to crackdown on people throwing rubbish from their vehicles. Two pieces of cellophane cigarette wrapper were seen being tossed out of the passenger window of a car travelling along Saltway in Droitwich.The incident, which happened at the end of July, was witnessed by another driver...
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Proposed sites for new housing, employment and retail land revealed

 A proposal to consult on plans to build three major new settlements across South Worcestershire, to meet future demand for new housing, is set to go before councillors. The Preferred Options document, produced as part of the review of the South Worcestershire Development Plan, sets out how a Government requirement to build another 14,000 new ...
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Blog- A typical day in the life of a housing officer

Our housing team works incredibly hard every day helping people who find themselves homeless or on the brink of becoming homeless. It is a difficult and demanding job but one that is carried out with dedication and compassion. To mark World Homeless Day one of our housing officers describes a typical day in the job.I arrive at work at 9am, have a q...
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Councils appoint new Director of Planning and Infrastructure

 A new Director of Planning and Infrastructure has been appointed to Malvern Hills and Wychavon District Councils. Holly Jones will take on the role at the end of October after leaving South Oxfordshire District and Vale of White Horse District Councils where she worked as Planning Policy Manager.With 20 years worth of experience behind her, H...
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