AN INITIATIVE to go waste free will be returning next month, to challenge people to stop using black bins and consequently help look after the environment.

Organised by Wiltshire Wildlife Trust, Waste Free Feb encourages the public to make sure every piece of waste used is recyclable, reusable or compostable, instead of using products or waste that will end up in general rubbish.

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Last year more than 100 people took part, including waste education officer for Wiltshire Wildlife Trust, Gemma Annan, who managed to only fill a small jam jar with waste.

She described the month as a "challenge" and "eye opening", adding: "I found myself shopping at a variety of stores and markets to achieve my goal, this really proved what a wasteful society we live in."

As a result of taking part in Waste Free Feb, Gemma changed some of her everyday consumption habits including drinking loose leaf tea instead of using tea bags, as well as making her own crisps in the microwave.

She added: "I encourage everyone to take part this February, if only for a day or a week. By sharing your journey you can play a role in changing the amount of waste we as a county and society are producing.”

For more information or to sign up visit the Waste Free Feb website.