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Waste Not Want Not on the move

09:59 01 August 2014

Left to right: Waste Not Want Not (WNWN) founder Karen Berger with volunteers Carol Tummon and Helen Maddock.

Left to right: Waste Not Want Not (WNWN) founder Karen Berger with volunteers Carol Tummon and Helen Maddock.


Honiton’s community recycling scheme, Waste Not Want Not, which has been growing in popularity, will be moving to a new home.

The events will now take place at Honiton Family Church, which was formerly known as Honiton Baptist Church. The first event in the new venue will take place on Saturday, August 16, from 9am until noon.

The scheme, which has been running for nearly three years, aims to reduce the amount of good quality items going into landfill.

Waste Not Want Not had been run in conjunction with Transition Town Honiton’s Sustainable Saturday events in the Mackarness Hall.

Karen Berger, the founder of Waste Not Want Not, told the Midweek Herald that the new hall gave more ‘flexibility’ with the dates and the savings made on hall costs could be ploughed back into the not-for-profit scheme.

She said: “It is definitely going to help having it more regularly. There are lots of positive reasons for the move. We are very excited about it.”

Volunteer Helen Maddock says the scheme has been increasing in popularity in the town. She added: “It is about getting people into routine of thinking I don’t need it but somebody else will.”

As part of Waste Not Want Not people can bring along any unwanted items to be shared with the local community and help themselves to any of the donated goods. Even those who have not got anything to donate can choose items for themselves, for free.

Household items, including curtains, lampshades, cushions and crockery, children’s toys and games, garden tools, books, CDs, DVDs can be donated. Donations of fruit, vegetables, plants, cuttings or seeds can also be brought along to share with the community at the events.

Karen has thanked Transition Town Honiton and the Mackarness Hall for their support.

Anyone interested in donating items or getting involved is urged to call Karen on 07591 938463 or visit


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