Would you like to recycle more? Would you like to reduce waste?
There are alternatives - see below: Let us know of other places that offer zero waste alternatives, or offer recycling services, or organisations that want items for fundraising or re-use. Don't forget your local charity shop - you'll be amazed at what you can find and they are great places to reuse what you don't need.
11 Bridge Street Kidderminster
Loose nuts bolts hooks screws and many other items therefore no plastic wrappers and you can buy just what you need. Paper bags can be provided and you can bring your own container.
Stanley’s Farm Shop
Fishers Castle Farm, Harvington Kidderminster
Selection of frozen fruits pastries and other items with no packaging – bring your own containers. Local fruits and veg in season many grown on the farm itself. Unwrapped fruit and veg - bring your own bags. Pick your own in season too.
Wide range of apples, pears, plums and cherries grown on the farm without chemicals and you can bring your own containers or bags. Many local historic varieties. Buy direct from the farmer in season - any amounts.
Birmingham Road Kidderminster
Selection of loose frozen fruits, vegetables, pastries – you can bring your own containers. Loose eggs, unwrapped bread. Wide range of unwrapped fruit and veg.
As One Vegan Lifestyle
Some loose dried goods here, bring your own containers (and willing to provide a bigger range, speak to owner Lindsey). Soaps without wrappers, refillable liquids, reusable coffee/tea cups and lots more. Currently expanding and joining forces with a vegan cafe in Stourport, see their facebook page for more updates.
Castle Road Kidderminster
0345 677 0390
Of special note here is the unwrapped bread – there is paper to pick it up with if you want,don't forget to bring your own bag to put it in. On checking with Tesco deli staff you can NOT use your own containers for their deli counter.
I have had success with taking my own containers here. Staff have had no objection to labelling my containers for loose items such as deli purchases and pastries.
Plastic bag recycling: the major stores carrying this facility include Sainsbury, Kidderminster and Morrisons, Kidderminster. Find the containers just outside the stores.
Morrisons will now put your fish and meat purchases from their Market Street section into your own containers.
Sainsburys also recycle Brita water filters, batteries and will take their own Tu hangers.
Bells Farm Shop
Loose fruit and veg, pick your own in season. You can bring your own containers for loose items, they also supply paper bags if you need them.
Worcester Road (A4025) Hartlebury, near Stourport-on-Severn, Worcestershire, DY13 9SA.
Unit 9 Finepoint Way,
Kidderminster DY11 7EB
Spokes refurbish and sell second hand bikes. They will service and fix your bike too. Bike hire. This is part of the Emily Jordan Foundation, helping individuals with moderate and physical disabilities to lead fulfilled lives.
Go Green - same address as Spokes and part of the Emily Jordan Foundation as above. They recycle aluminium, steel and old spectacles. Go Green offers day opportunities to people with complex needs providing a good quality meaningful activity, and in addition divert tonnes of metal from landfill. The spectacles are supplied to third world countries.
Bewdley Farm Shop Dog Lane, Bewdley - loose fruit and veg sold which can be put into paper bags.
Bewdley - Ashleigh's Bakery sell unwrapped bread which they will also slice.
Bewdley - the Cobbler in Load Street will take old shoes and leather goods for recycling
Bewdley - St Anne's Church recycles plastic tops
Bewdley Baptist Church is recycling old tools to be refurbished and sent to a project in Africa
Gough's Greengrocer in High Street Stourport provide paper bags for produce.
A report by the government's Environmental Audit Committee calls for a ban on food waste going in to landfill and an end to the 'Throwaway Society'. See the full BBC News report here
The Bottle Dome, built by Richard Pim from Pembridge, resembles a concrete-and-glass igloo made of 5,000 reclaimed glass bottles set between crossed arches.
He describes his dome as being like a huge hot-cross bun adding: "Some part of the glass hemisphere directly faces the sun at all times of the day, giving an extraordinary sparkle which is reflected in an interior pool. It is a feature for my garden. I made every part of the dome myself – and emptied a good few of the bottles."
(From Amazing Spaces, Channel 4, 24th July)
Make, Mend & Chat meetings are as in our programme, generally on 2nd Wednesday of the Month. Everyone welcome
7pm at St Peter’s Church Hall, Birchen Coppice, DY11 7EW
Everyone is very welcome to come and join our group. We aim to support and encourage each other to make the most of what we already have rather than buying new.
Above all, it's fun and creative.
Not in the making mood? Come along anyway for a cup of tea and a biscuit and just observe what goes on.
For more information, contact Sara on firstname.lastname@example.org
Offer your unwanted goods on the Wyre Forest Freegle web site. You may also find that item you've been looking for. Sign up here
Freecycle also has a Wyre Forest Group, see listings here for offers and items wanted, and to register and list. https://groups.freecycle.org/group/WyreForestUK/posts/all
Recycle Laser Printer toner cartridges and save 70% on manufacturer's cartridge price. Video is for HP Laserjet but all other printers are covered. Great video from local supplier