What the hot weather means for your garden and why you should start recycling it again.

After a baking hot few weeks, London’s green spaces haven’t been looking so green. With low levels of rainfall and the longest summer heatwave since 1976, gardens are looking scorched!

Garden waste volumes have decreased following the dry spell and we’ve heard from our local authority partners how tough the last few weeks have been for garden waste recycling. As the weather gets back to normal and your garden springs back into life, we want to remind you to recycle your garden waste by home composting or using a local authority garden waste collection service. To find out what services are available to you, please contact your local council. 

To help the London Borough of Bexley reach their garden waste recycling targets, our Community and Outreach Team have been busy running a door to door engagement campaign in the borough. Our friendly door stepping team will be working hard for six weeks encouraging residents to sign up to the council’s garden waste collection service.  

The team are also spreading the word about London Green Points – Bexley, the scheme rewarding residents for recycling more. Residents earn Green Points depending on the amount being recycled from their community and can earn extra points for other waste minimisation activities. Winners are awarded with charity donations and vouchers! 

Our Slim Your Bin scheme in Warwickshire and Recycling Rewards scheme in St Helens also promote composting at home and reward residents for their actions. Composting is a great way to recycle garden waste, transforming bark, flowers, grass and hedge cuttings into free nutrient-rich food for your garden. Composting is especially beneficial during dry periods as it helps retain soil moisture, reducing the need to water your garden! Not only does it save spending in the local garden centre, composting decreases the amount of waste we send to landfill, making it an environmentally friendly option. Composting at home can save global warming gases equivalent to all the CO2  your kettle produces annually! 

For more information on our recycling engagement work for local authorities please get in touch at info@teamjump.co.uk.  In the meantime, bring on the rain!

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Bethany Fruen

Head of Communications

Bethany Fruen

Since joining Jump fresh out of university back in 2013 I’ve seen many changes in the way we communicate – both as a company and more widely within the sustainability industry. The current shift of sustainability to the mainstream is accelerating at a pace and it’s exciting to be part of this step change.  The insight I get from individual participants in our client programmes is invaluable as it helps me figure out the best way to get our messages across.

My team and I use digital communications to recognise individual and team success, providing information in a fun, meaningful way that encourages people to take action. It’s about creating a feedback loop where people see that their actions are having an impact and this is very powerful in creating positive change within an organisation.

 

Graham Simmonds

Chief Executive

Graham Simmonds

As CEO of Jump I lead a talented team of professionals committed to sustainability and wellness.  For much of my 35 year career I’ve been immersed in environmental issues, particularly how to engage people in practical action.  Previously I built Trees for Cities from start-up to a global, award-winning charity as its founding chief executive, and I loved developing new initiatives such as The Edible Playground and the Million Trees Campaign.  

In 2011 I set up Jump as I felt organisations large and small want to motivate action amongst their people around wellbeing and the planet, and a professional team dedicated to this purpose would help them accelerate their journey.  I’m also proud to chair the Reward Gateway Foundation which supports organisations and projects that address inequality and disadvantage, with the ultimate mission of making the world a better, fairer, safer and more equal place to work.