Remade Meeting 11

Remade in Brixton meeting

Notes 1 September 2009 (7pm)

Trinity Arms, 45 Trinity Gardens, London, SW9 8DR

Present: Stephen Edwards, Mitchell Jacobs, Hannah Lewis, Alexa Mottram, Phil O’Keeffe, Emily Unwin

1. Lambeth Waste Management Strategy review and upcoming consultation

Philip O’Keeffe, Waste Development Officer at Lambeth, was present to tell us what he knows about the Waste Management Strategy review and consultation. This is being carried out by a consultancy (not yet named? but the tender documents from Lambeth are available online). It is overseen by Kevin Crook, Waste Strategy Manager at Lambeth.

Phil was not able to give us any dates / deadlines for the consultation yet (to be informed when the consultation is announced contact Phil on pokeeffe@lambeth.gov.uk / 0207 926 8948). He was responsible for researching the baseline data for the review and told us that the strategy will be developed according to the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA Directive) government guidelines.

Boroughs are not obliged to have a waste strategy but it is seen as good practice and other Western Riverside authorities are doing so. Phil thought that Western Riverside Waste Authority as a whole might also have a waste strategy (I looked this up and found it here: http://www.wrwa.gov.uk/items.asp?sid=2&iid=67).

2. Stalls at Loughborough Estate Green Day (12 Sept) and Urban Green Fair (20 Sept)

Not a lot of preparation required – stalls will be similar to the Lambeth Country Show stall in July, with displays of remade products (Traid Remade clothes, Velo-Re belts, rag rug, tetrapak wallets, paper dress etc), leaflets, sign-up sheet and general engagement. At Loughborough Estate Green Day there are likely to be lots of children and Phil kindly agreed to let us borrow the badgemaker again. Urban Green Fair attracts lots of committed greenies so is a good place to network!

3. Enterprise workshops in schools (from mid-October)

We have been invited by Jeremy Keates (Enterprise Officer at Lambeth) to put together a proposal for a series of workshops working with 12-19 year olds to develop remade products / remaking services as an enterprise project. The products will be sold on an outdoor market during Global Entrepreneurship week (16-22 November).

Our discussion raised a number of questions:

  • Does the final event have to be a market? Could the students be given more opportunity to present the thinking and process behind the products by using a different format of event, such as Dragon’s Den-style presentations? How about a competitive element – prizes, voting from other students, etc?
  • Is there scope for them to create a service rather than a product? Could this involve reviewing the waste generated by the school and designing more effective ways to reduce and recycle in school?
  • Will they work in mixed age groups or separately?
  • Could we video the process?
  • What is the budget? (Hannah to check with Jeremy)

It was felt that 2 sessions at each school would be needed to develop ideas into products – or if only one session, we would need to leave a resource pack behind for the students to continue the process.

Stephen, Mitchell, Hannah and Alexa agreed to meet to brainstorm and prepare our proposal.

4. Becoming a constituted organisation – what form is appropriate?

We were lucky to be joined by Emily Unwin, a solicitor who works on environmental issues with a combination of charitable, commercial and social enterprise companies – and happens to work for Bates, Wells & Braithwaite, the firm who developed the Community Interest Company (CIC) as a legal structure.

She advised us that to become a CIC we would need a constitution and a minimum of three board members. Standard memoranda are available and getting approved by the regulator can take from 2 days – 6 weeks. It would be possible to set up a straightforward CIC as a “shell” and then modify it to suit our needs later. Emily offered to help us if we want to do this, or to provide further information about CICs and other legal structures at a future meeting to help us decide on a structure.

5. Industrial Ecology project

Stephen met with Parkhall Trading Estate in West Norwood, along with Jeremy Keates (Enterprise Officer) and Lee Sexton (Greening Business Advisor), to discuss his Industrial Ecology proposal.

Main waste materials at Parkhall are packaging (already collected ad hoc for recycling), wood (4-5 tons a week) and wood dust (100 kilos a week), and some items suitable for (on site) “freecycling”. One of the businesses has a wood briquette-making machine (using waste wood to make fuel) – possibility of Future Jobs Fund money for owner to employ someone to operate it? There also used to be / may still be a women’s carpentry training project there.

There are 2 wood recycling projects looking to set up in South London – contacts via Bioregional and Jeremy.

Cooking oil is one waste stream we have discussed before as a potential enterprise (as fuel) – there are caterers on site and Vale Street has a domestic oil collection service.

We discussed the potential to set up a Reuse Centre / Usefulness Centre / “Designing Out Waste Studio” / educational space on site. Vale Street Reuse and Recycling Centre is nearby and we considered approaching Veolia with a proposal to add value to some of the waste collected at Vale Street.

Phil told us that Lambeth pays recycling companies to take different waste streams away from the Vale Street site, with contracts lasting 2, 3 or 5 years. We discussed the feasibility of diverting waste to reuse / remaking projects. One barrier would be the need to have a Waste Management Licence. Alternatively we could approach the existing contractors and seek to divert just some of the waste (e.g. specific kinds of textiles), rather than managing a whole waste stream.

Hannah agreed to contact [re]design (where she used to work) who put together a similar proposal last year, to see if they would be interested in being involved.

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