Energy Alton Newsletter for September

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Boosting sustainability at home and in the community

The newsletter can be found in full on the website: www.energyalton.org.uk .

The following topics are included in this month's issue:

* Planning for Energy Efficiency
* Community Energy Fortnight
* What can we do about the climate crisis?
* Supermarket waste
* ALFI's annual Harvest Feast

A selection of the information is provided below:

ALFI's annual Harvest Feast

Energy Alton's sister organisation, ALFI, the Alton Local Food Initiative, are holding their annual Harvest Feast in the Alton Methodist Hall on Saturday October 8, 2016 from 11:00 am — 2:00 pm.
Coffee and cakes will be served in the morning, followed by soup, bread and dips. Recipes use local fruit, vegetables and herbs as far as possible. It is always an enjoyable way to meet other ALFI supporters at the end of the season, and to share some of the produce. All welcome

#Planning for Energy Efficiency

Talk and discussion
Wednesday 21st September, 7.30pm
Alton Community Centre

Community Energy Fortnight

3rd to 18th September 2016
The fortnight will showcase inspiring examples of communities who are sharing their resources and generating renewable energy and wasting less — embracing technologies as diverse as solar-PV arrays, wind turbines, hydro-electricity and biomass heat.

Supermarket Waste — response from Sainsbury's to an enquiry

Thank you for your letter regarding our recycling of your plastic bags, I too am horrified by the images of the amount of plastic that washes up on beaches and through our seas across the world.
With regard to old carrier bags that are deposited in our recycling units, these are combined with the plastic packaging that is generated as we open products to put them on the shelves. This plastic is then squashed into large bales and returned to our local depot in Basingstoke where all the waste from stores across the region is consolidated and sent for recycling. We also return all our waste cardboard for recycling and food waste which is used for anaerobic respiration to generate renewable energy to power homes. This ensures that not only is our waste recycled, but also that as they are put on lorries returning to the depot anyway, it isn't a wasted journey!
Further to this our 5p and 10p carrier bags are made from 100% recycled plastic to start with and are also 'bags for life', meaning that when they reach the end of their life customers are able to exchange them for new bags free of charge. We hope that this also helps to encourage customers to recycle their old bags.
Sainsbury's have always been at the forefront of waste and packaging reduction within the industry, although I'm not sure that we are always very good at shouting about it. More information about our corporate responsibility and sustainability projects can be found on our corporate web site (link below)
http://www.j-sainsbury.co.uk/responsibility/our-sustainability-plan

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