Posted: 19th October 2016
Karen Cannard is the co-founder of The Rubbish Diet Challenge, the UK’s slimming club for bins, which inspires and motivates people to fast-track their waste reduction at home. Most people who take the online challenge reduce their ‘landfill’ waste by one third in just three weeks.
Having slimmed her bin to just a sticking plaster for her council’s Zero Waste campaign in 2008, Karen has since become an award-winning blogger, speaker and broadcaster, with appearances on BBC London, BBC Radio Wales, Woman’s Hour, C4’s Dispatches and ITV Tonight. She was also an adviser to Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s BBC series, Hugh’s War on Waste.
More locally, Karen is a ‘rubbish’ columnist for the Bury Free Press and BBC Suffolk’s Bin Doctor. She is a Master Composter and also a judge for Suffolk’s Creating the Greenest County Awards in the Waste and Recycling category. At the start of 2016, Karen was listed in the Resource Magazine’s Hot 100 of influential people in waste and recycling for the third year running and also featured in Bury & West Suffolk Magazine’s Top 25 influential women. In March she was also presented with the Prime Minister’s Points of Light award for her voluntary contributions to tackling the UK’s waste problem.
Slimming your bin with The Rubbish Diet is just like any other slimming programme. Decide your goal and make small, easy changes until your bin is slim. The Rubbish Diet has three steps:
Step 1 – Check whether you can recycle one more thing.
Step 2 – Make the most of your food.
Step 3 – Shop smart, fix, swap and share.
Over three weeks, we’ll send you great tips by email , so you can to pick and choose what works for you. Even if your bin is already slim you’ll find some new ideas – and maybe some new ways to share the message. All the way through the whole community of Rubbish Dieters is here to help you find solutions.
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