Transition: Changing the scale of change

One of our members, Jo, sent in this interesting she’d read recently, so we thought we’d share it…

A WHILE AGO, I heard an American scientist address an audience in Oxford, England, about his work on the climate crisis. He was precise, unemotional, rigorous, and impersonal: all strengths of a scientist.

The next day, talking informally to a small group, he pulled out of his wallet a much-loved photo of his thirteen-year-old son. He spoke as carefully as he had before, but this time his voice was sad, worried, and fatherly. His son, he said, had become so frightened about climate change that he was debilitated, depressed, and disturbed. Some might have suggested therapy, Prozac, or baseball for the child. But in this group one voice said gently, “What about the Transition Initiative?”

Read the rest of the article here…

Rye Recycle Swap Shop results – May 2013

We had another successful Recycle Swap Shop this morning! People are really getting the hang of it now, we had much less ‘rubbish’ left over at the end, hardly any mains electricals turned up, and there was a steady stream of people bringing and taking through the morning. It got busy really quickly, as you can see from these photos which were taken at 10am:

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A fortunate few shared out this brilliant collection of toy tractors, and some other notable items came and went, including a fold-up cot, an acoustic guitar, several items of small furniture and plenty of toys, games, books, CDs and clothes.

DSC_6445 Rye Recycle Swap Shop May 2013It was of course all carefully weighed on the way out…

DSC_6442 Rye Recycle Swap Shop May 2013So, here’s the results (compared to previous events at St Mary’s Centre):

May 2013 Jan 2013 Oct 2012
People attended 330 220 300
People who took something 150 100 150
Total number of items taken 590 400 330
Total weight taken 252kg 192kg 164kg
Total weight to charity shops 15kg 90kg 75kg
Total weight recycled 20kg 51kg 35kg
Total weight left over as waste 15kg 22kg 25kg

So that’s 88% of what came in through the door was taken away by someone, and only 5% had to go to landfill, the remainder going to charity shops or recycling. Well done to everyone who came, especially those helping make the morning such a success!

Don’t forget we have two more recycle swap shops lined up already:

  • Sat 13 July at Tilling Green Centre, Rye (see the write-up of the last one here)
  • Sat 5 Oct at St Mary’s Centre, Lion St, Rye

Look forward to seeing you there!

Recycle Swap Shop – Sat 4 May

If you’ve not been to a Recycle Swap Shop yet, your next chance is Sat 4 May at St Mary’s Centre (the old FE centre) on Lion Street, Rye! Doors open at 09:30, if you have stuff to bring, it needs to arrive before 11am. You can browse and take stuff any time from 09:30-12:00. Remember, you DO NOT need to bring stuff, we’re very happy for people to come and just take stuff away – in fact we need people to do this, or there’s too much left over at the end…

If you missed the last one, you can read about it here. Details about how it all works are below – please read them, especially if you’ve not been before.

DSC_5532 Recycle Swap Shop

 What is a ‘recycle swap shop’?

Many of us have things in our homes which we no longer want or use, but we feel are too good to throw away.  These things sit around, sometimes for years, waiting for us to find the right person to give them to, and eventually they may end up being thrown in the bin.

This Recycle Swap Shop is an event run by St Mary’s Ecology and Transition Rye to provide an alternative for local people who would prefer to recycle such unwanted items to others in the community, rather than throw them away.

  • You can bring your items to the hall and leave them there for others to take away.
  • At the same time, you can look around and see if there is anything you’d like to take away yourself!
  • You are welcome to only bring stuff, or to only take stuff, or to just come along and browse and have some free refreshments and a chat. This is a social event too, where everyone wins!
  • Anything left over will be disposed of through Rye Freegle, charity shops or recycling, as appropriate.
  • Takers get things they want for free!
  • We all end up with a chance to meet other local families for a Saturday morning chat, and we put less rubbish in land-fill, saving both the environment and tax-payers’ money.

A few points to note:

  • Please bring items before 11am, so there’s time for people to take them.
  • All items MUST be 100% free and must be from domestic (not commercial) sources.
  • Please try to bring things as early as possible and certainly before 10:15am
  • If you have bulky items, like bikes or furniture, then please don’t bring these to the swap shop.  Instead, a notice board will be provided for you to leave a description of your item along with a contact email address or phone number.
  • Don’t bring anything illegal!
  • Don’t bring anything dangerous (no sharp knives, weapons, etc)
  • No pets or livestock.
  • No rubbish.  Please don’t bring anything that really is no good to anyone.  The Swap Shop is run a small group of local people who volunteer their time to organise these events and we don’t want to end up with a whole room full of rubbish to take to the dump!
  • No mains electrical items.

Many thanks to Neighbourhood Enablers for financial and practical support!

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Green Drinks this Friday

Don’t forget, the 15th of the month is coming up, and that means Green Drinks! Hope to see you there Friday, 7:30pm onwards at the Queens Head in Rye! If you’re on facebook, share the event with your friends: https://www.facebook.com/events/527362173982984/

The pub will probably be busy, so we’ll start near the bar and then migrate through to the room at the back of the pub, on the left – so if you come later, that’s where you’ll find us.

Green Drinks

Tilling Green Recycle Swap Shop success!

Well, our first swap shop at the Tilling Green Community Centre was a big success! We took a different approach on marketing for this one, delivering leaflets to all the houses at Tilling Green in addition to posters/leaflets in various places round town, and of course the online media and local newspaper. It certainly worked, with the place having a buzz right from the start – here’s a few pics from through the day:
Recycle Swap Shop March 2013

Recycle Swap Shop March 2013

Recycle Swap Shop March 2013

We had about 200 people attend in total, and shifted a record amount of stuff! By weight, 84% of what was brought was taken away by visitors or went to charity shops, 8% was recycled and 8% was non-recyclable waste. Here’s the approximate numbers, and those from the January event for comparison:

Mar 2013 Jan 2013
People attended 200 220
People who took something 160 100
Total number of items taken 700 400
Total weight taken 298kg 192kg
Total weight to charity shops 116kg 90kg
Total weight recycled 39kg 51kg
Total weight left over as waste 37kg 22kg

So thank you to everyone who brought and took things, and for making donations – we had a total of £86, which is enough to cover the costs of running a future recycle swap shop at Tilling Green. And thanks to all the helpers from Tilling Green Residents Association, St Mary’s Ecology and Transition Rye! Also, thanks to Neighbourhood Enablers for helping with the funding on this event – this means we now have some cash saved up to keep funding recycle swap shops into the future.

Don’t forget we have two more recycle swap shops lined up already. The plan at present is to run one every two months, alternating between St Mary’s Centre and the Tilling Green Community Centre:

  • Sat 4 May at St Mary’s Centre, Lion St, Rye
  • Sat 13 July at Tilling Green Community Centre, Rye

Look forward to seeing you there!

Recycle Swap Shop 9 Mar at Tilling Green

If you’ve not been to a Recycle Swap Shop yet, your next chance is Sat 9 March at Tilling Green Community Centre from 9:30am! If you missed the last one, you can see some photos and read about it here.

This is the first one at Tilling Green, as the previous two have been at the St Mary’s Centre, so we hope you’ll all come along with lots of stuff to swap, and more importantly take some stuff away too! If you’ve not been before, the Tilling Green Community Centre is in the old infant school building, on Mason Road, just off Udimore Road (B2089).

Doors open at 09:30, if you have stuff to bring, it needs to arrive before 11am. You can browse and take stuff any time from 09:30-12:30. Remember, you DO NOT need to bring stuff, we’re very happy for people to come and just take stuff away – in fact we need people to do this, or there’s too much left over at the end…

What is a ‘recycle swap shop’?

Many of us have things in our homes which we no longer want or use, but we feel are too good to throw away.  These things sit around, sometimes for years, waiting for us to find the right person to give them to, and eventually they may end up being thrown in the bin.

Recycle Swap Shop is an event run by Tilling Green Residents Association, St Mary’s Ecology and Transition Rye to provide an alternative for local people who would prefer to recycle such unwanted items to others in the community, rather than throw them away.

  • You can bring your items to the hall and leave them there for others to take away.
  • At the same time, you can look around and see if there is anything you’d like to take away yourself!
  • You are welcome to only bring stuff, or to only take stuff, or to just come along and browse and have some free refreshments and a chat. This is a social event too, where everyone wins!
  • Anything left over will be disposed of through Rye Freegle, charity shops or recycling, as appropriate.
  • Takers get things they want for free!
  • We all end up with a chance to meet other local families for a Saturday morning chat, and we put less rubbish in land-fill, saving both the environment and tax-payers money.

A few points to note:

  • Please bring items before 11am, so there’s time for people to take them.
  • All items MUST be 100% free and must be from domestic (not commercial) sources.
  • Please try to bring things as early as possible and certainly before 10:15am
  • If you have bulky items, like bikes or furniture, then please don’t bring these to the swap shop.  Instead, a notice board will be provided for you to leave a description of your item along with a contact email address or phone number.
  • Don’t bring anything illegal!
  • Don’t bring anything dangerous (no sharp knives, weapons, etc)
  • No pets or livestock.
  • No rubbish.  Please don’t bring anything that really is no good to anyone.  The Swap Shop is run a small group of local people who volunteer their time to organise these events and we don’t want to end up with a whole room full of rubbish to take to the dump!
  • No mains electrical items.

Many thanks to Neighbourhood Enablers for financial and practical support!

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Green Drinks – this Friday 7:30pm

Don’t forget, we’re back at the Queen’s Head, Rye, for Green Drinks this Friday (15 Feb) from 7:30pm! Come along and have a beer and a chat, meet new people and find out what’s going on in Rye and surrounding villages to promote the environment and local economy!

Green Drinks
Green Drinks

Recycle Swap Shop results – January 2013

We were a bit worried about how it was going to go yesterday, because of the snow, but we went ahead anyway, and cleared a path to the door at St Mary’s Centre, ready for the visitors:
DSC_5531 Recycle Swap Shop

We needn’t have worried though – the crowds soon turned up!
DSC_5532 Recycle Swap Shop

As before we had a table out the front with some free stuff to entice people in, but we had our new banner on it this time!
DSC_5530 Recycle Swap Shop

We had 220 people attend in total – down on the 300 we had in October 2013, but considering the snow and how quiet the High Street was, we think that was pretty good. What’s more impressive is that despite having slightly fewer people, we actually shifted more stuff than last time! Here’s the approximate numbers for comparison:

Jan 2013 Oct 2012
People attended 220 300
People who took something 100 150
Total number of items taken 400 330
Total weight taken 192kg 164kg
Total weight to charity shops 90kg 75kg
Total weight recycled 51kg 35kg
Total weight left over as waste 22kg 25kg

So well done to everyone who brought and took things, and for making donations – we had a total of just over £57, which is just about enough to cover the costs of running a future recycle swap shop. And thanks to all the helpers from St Mary’s Ecology and Transition Rye! Also, thanks to Neighbourhood Enablers for helping with the funding on the first two events – this means we now have a little bit of cash saved up to keep funding recycle swap shops into the future.

Don’t forget we have two more recycle swap shops lined up already:

  • Sat 9 March at Tilling Green Centre, Rye
  • Sat 4 May at St Mary’s Centre, Lion St, Rye

Look forward to seeing you there!