OK, so this might not quite as catchy a subject as our more usual Wedding Venue related posts, but it is an important area non the less. Over the years as we have got busier we have inevitably generated more waste, particularly from weddings and parties. We started off with 1 large general waste bin, then added crates for glass which was collected by the council. This worked well until the council said that they would no longer collect more than 2 crate fulls at a time, saying that the rest should just go in the general waste bins!! We then teamed up with a local waste contractor CPP Waste and Recycling who have added further bins as required.
Our next problem was where to put then. Initially they were by our garage, but most weekends they got dragged over to near the main doors as it was easier and quicker for throwing things in them as the weekend went on – particularly in the dark mid party! We ended up leaving them there for convenience but is was not particularly pretty and spoiled the image of the front of the hall. Even with that we outgrew the space available there and ended up with other containers dotted around the place.
So we have not brought everything together in 1 location. We have constructed a waste and recycling compound just off the edge of the car park which can house everything. We now have 2 general waste bins, 2 glass bins, a plastic bin, a cans and metal bin, a cardboard bin and 2 composting containers. 1 is a traditional composter that can take all the usual organic matter including vegetables and flowers etc, the other is a food digester which can take all raw cooked food including meat, fish and bones.
Despite being much busier than 3 years ago, we still only have the same amount of landfill we had then, but we think that we can do better still. All we ask now is that all guests please take that little bit extra time to separate out even more of the recyclable and compostable items rather than just throwing every “in the bin”.