So to begin at the beginning…
We may as well outline LCRN’s credo. You’ll be able to find this in the “About us” section where it will remain to let others know what we are all about, but to give it a little more profile, this is our view of what waste is…
What is waste?
Let’s take a look at the figures:
- One tonne of waste costs a local authority at least £100 to deal with.
- Every 10,000 tonnes of waste incinerated or buried provides one job.
But let’s take a look at that tonne of waste. Hidden within it is:
- Textiles – worth hundreds of pounds per tonnes in the UK and overseas, providing 85 jobs for every 10,000 tonnes of material recycled or re-used.
- IT equipment – seeing a huge demand for educational purposes in the developing world, providing a staggering 296 jobs for every 10,000 tonnes of equipment recycled or re-used. A refurbished PC can be sold on for hundreds of pounds.
- Furniture and white goods – providing around 65 jobs per 10,000 tonnes dealt with.
So get it right, and that rubbish becomes a resource – representing income not cost, providing hugely increased opportunity and employment. LCRN works with over two hundred members, a myriad of small, locally-based charities and enterprises working in their local areas, sorting, fixing, advocating, repairing, promoting, composting, educating, recycling, remanufacturing, and training that waste away. Many of these organisations are stretched to the limit simply doing what they do on a daily basis. LCRN provides a voice to them, demonstrating their value, representing their interests and lobbying for their benefit.
So what’s ‘community-based resource management’? Is it the same as waste management?
Resource management is all about waste: how much we create, what we do with it, and how we can make a positive out of what appears to be a negative. That’s why we often use the word ‘resources’ instead of ‘waste’ – because it genuinely is a resource that we can do something with.’