Category Archives: Press Releases

Don’t Forget Your Toothbrush

Or at least your old ones.
Hot on the heels of last months successful Cables Amnesty the Colchester Farmers Market will be running an old Toothbrush Amnesty at the Colchester Farmers Market this Friday the 7th December.
En-form, the local environment charity who run the market will be collecting toothbrushes, toothbrush heads from electric and battery toothbrushes and toothpaste tubes for recycling under the terracycle scheme.
Andrew Wilkinson of en-form said ‘following requests from our supporters we decided to set up this scheme for items that cannot currently be recycled through the Council’s plastic recycling schemes. Toothbrushes and tubes are made of composite plastic and are not currently recycled through the Council schemes’.
In addition, you can also recycle your old biscuit wrappers and corks.
En-form will also be collecting these items at their office in Church Walk.
Full details of the Terracycle scheme can be found at www.terracycle.co.uk
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Colchester Council Supports en-form Project – Helping Residents Reduce Energy Bills

Date Published: 27 September 2016

As part of its Environmental Sustainability Strategy Colchester Borough Council (CBC) has helped local charity en-form secure a £5000 grant for the third year from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy through the ‘Big Energy Saving Network’.

The grant will allow en-form to offer assistance to help residents reduce their energy bills, particularly those who do not feel confident about changing their energy tariff. It will run alongside the Council’s successful Big Community Switch Scheme.

The Government funded project will allow en-form to review consumers energy bills and then to offer free, impartial and unbiased advice on alternative tariffs. If a resident decides to switch en-form will even arrange this.

Although the service is open to anyone it is aimed at those who have never switched energy providers and don’t feel confident enough to do so through Colchester Borough Council’s online Big Community Switch scheme.

Cllr Dominic Graham, Portfolio Holder for Waste and Sustainability, Roles and Responsibilities, said “Our support of charities such as en-form is a really important part of the work we’re doing under our Environmental Sustainability Strategy. We want our residents, businesses and communities in Colchester to be as environmentally efficient and aware as possible to make our Borough sustainable, thriving and welcoming”.

Andrew Wilkinson, Project Manager at En-form said The most we have saved a customer so far is £1,449. According to Government figures almost 60% of consumers have never switched and are paying too much. With energy prices beginning to creep up this is a great time to see if you are paying too much ‘ 

There are many reasons why people do not switch including being unsure of the process, unable to receive impartial advice, no access to the internet, finding the process complicated or not understanding their energy bill. This service will arrange everything for residents and then let them decide if they want to switch.

Residents who would like to benefit from this service or know someone who could, can call en-form on 01206 367776 or e-mail info@en-form.org.uk.

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Notes to editors: 

To find out more about en-form visit www.en-form.org.uk  or contact info@en-form.org.uk 01206 367776

To find out more about CBC’s Environmental Sustainability Strategy visit www.colchester.gov.uk/sustainability

For more information call 07815 088150 or email communications@colchester.gov.uk

Green Homes Wanted for 2015!

Green Homes Wanted – en-form Press Release 2nd June 2015

Have you had solar panels installed on your home, or perhaps a wood burning stove or a heat pump, in fact anything that makes your home greener and energy bills cheaper, then environment group en-form wants to hear from you.

 
Working with local environment groups and Councils, en-form will be holding Green Open Days on weekends throughout Essex, in September .
 
Andrew Wilkinson of en-form said ‘Green Open Days are like the familiar Heritage and Garden Open Days. Householders who have implemented green measures to their homes or lead a green lifestyle and would like to spread the word are invited to open their doors to the public to share their experiences.  After running a successful event last year we’re back again covering the whole of Essex! ’
 

Last year 20 homes opened around Colchester and we’re hoping to beat that this year. If you are interested in participating or know someone who is and your home is within Essex, please contact en-form on 01206 367776, greenopendays@en-form.org.uk or website  essex.greenopenhomes.net

New Service to Cut Energy Bills

Local Charities en-form and Signpost are working with Colchester Borough Council to reduce energy bills for local residents.

They are currently running a Government funded project to review consumers energy bills and then to offer free, impartial and unbiased advice on alternative tariffs. If you decide to switch they will even arrange this for you.

Although the service is open to anyone it is aimed at those who have never switched energy providers and don’t feel confident enough to do so.

Andrew Wilkinson of en-form said ‘Savings of up to £200 are available, although the most we have saved a customer so far was £149. Apparently, almost 60% of consumers have never switched. ‘

There are many reasons why people do not switch including being unsure of the process, unable to receive impartial advice, no access to the internet or finding the process complicated. This service will arrange everything for you and then let you decide if you want to switch.

If you would like to benefit from this service or know someone who could, please telephone en-form on 01206 367776 or e-mail info@en-form.org.uk They will be visiting most local areas over the next few months.

Green Homes Wanted

If you have had solar panels installed on your home, or perhaps a wood burning stove or a heat pump, in fact anything that makes your home energy bills cheaper, then environment group en-form wants to hear from you now.

Working with local Transition Town groups and Colchester Borough Council, en-form will be holding a Green Open Homes Weekend based in Colchester and a twenty mile radius in May.

Andrew Wilkinson of en-form said ‘Green Open Days are like the familiar Heritage and Garden Open Days. Householders who have implemented green measures and lifestyles to their homes and would like to spread the word are invited to open their doors to the public to share their experiences and explain the numerous benefits and implications.’

At the moment 12 homes have registered their interest in opening and en-form are looking for at least 20. If you are interested in participating or know someone who is, and your home is within 20 miles of Colchester please contact en-form on 01206 367776, greenopendays@en-form.org.uk or website colchester.greenopenhomes.net

The project has been funded by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) through the Green Open Homes Fund run by the Centre for Sustainable Energy (CSE)

COMMUNITY FREE-PAINT! Celebrate 20 Years of Paint Re-use with our Great Giveaway

A project that collects and re-distributes leftover and surplus paint to help brighten the lives of others is offering community groups the chance to win FREE paint as part of a competition entitled ‘Getting Colour from Every Drop’.

Community RePaint Colchester is calling on community groups from across the area to send in ideas for painting projects that will improve the wellbeing of local people or the appearance of local places. The scheme is also offering people who pop in for paint between 15 and 21 July 2013 the chance to pick up fantastic freebies in honour of Community RePaint’s 20th anniversary – with the first 10 walking away with a superb decorating kit.

To be in with a chance of winning at least 20 litres (that’s the equivalent of four BIG tins) of paint for your project, community groups should submit an idea, along with a photograph of the proposed site, and a few details about how the paint will help. Application forms and terms and conditions are available from Community RePaint Colchester. Proposals can be artistic or practical; of benefit to old or young; pretty as a picture or for simply perking up premises!

“The aim of this initiative is to demonstrate how Community RePaint can make a real difference to the lives of local people,” said Andrew Wilkinson, Manager of Community RePaint Colchester. “Community RePaint offers a simple, local solution to the problem of paint going to waste. By re-using it in our communities we can bring a splash of colour to the lives of those who need it most, and help to protect the planet by preventing perfectly good paint from ending up in landfill.”

If your community group needs paint, no matter how much or how little, get in touch with Colchester RePaint on 01206 367776 or www.repaintessex.org.uk.

‘Getting colour from every drop’

Dulux has supported Community RePaint for the last 20 years and is helping the Network to celebrate its 20th Anniversary by making two short films about paint re-use to promote the work of Community RePaint schemes. The first of the films ‘A Tale of Two Cans’ is available to view here: http://www.communityrepaint.org.uk/

“Dulux is proud to sponsor this fantastic network and is grateful for all the work each scheme does to promote the potential of paint re-use,” said Paul Murgett, Environmental Projects Co-ordinator, Akzo Nobel.

In 2012, householders, traders and paint manufacturers donated 387,495 litres of paint to Community RePaint schemes, which then distributed 218,364 litres to some 2,214 community groups and 17,296 individuals, providing 190 jobs and 1,274 volunteer and training opportunities.

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For more information, please contact:

RePaint Colchester

01206 367776

www.repaintessex.org.uk repaint@btinternet.com

Community RePaint Network

0845 180 0501

07725 760 082

repaint@resourcefutures.co.uk

www.communityrepaint.org.uk

Notes to Editors:

1. What is Community RePaint? Community RePaint schemes collect left over or surplus paint and re-distribute it to individuals, families and communities in need, improving the wellbeing of people and the appearance of places across the UK. In doing so Community RePaint provides social, environmental and economic benefits.

2. 20 years of paint re-use: Community RePaint will celebrate its 20th anniversary during the week 15 – 21 July 2013. Activities to mark this milestone are planned for throughout the year and include competitions and giveaways at participating schemes.

3. Who runs Community RePaint? Community RePaint is managed by Resource Futures, an employee-owned, non-profit-distributing environmental consultancy based in Bristol. The Network has been sponsored by Dulux since its inception in 1993 and forms part of Akzo Nobel’s ongoing sustainability programme.

4. How to contact Community RePaint: www.communityrepaint.org.uk includes a postcode search, which can be used to locate the nearest point for finding or donating paint. Alternatively, phone: 0845 180 0501 or email: repaint@resourcefutures.co.uk

Farmers’ Market Celebrates 10 years

The Colchester Farmers’ Market celebrates its 10th Birthday on Friday the 5th July.

Andrew Wilkinson of en-form who runs the Farmers’ Market said ‘At its peak we had 28 stalls and over 900 customers which coincided with the great interest in local food issues a few years ago. In common with the rest of the economy and other local companies the Farmers’ Market has not done quite so well in recent years as customers have had to tighten their belts. However there is still a wide range of locally produced food available, not only your basic fruit, veg, meat and fish but specialist and more unusual treats to try’.

There is still a lot of interest in buying quality locally produced food particularly in the wake of the Horsemeat scandal. Although our local Farmers have had a tough time recently with challenging weather conditions and many well loved local traders have had to give up recently, the Farmers’ Market has every intention of being here for another 10 years.

The Farmers’ Market will be held on Friday the 5th July at the Colchester Arts Centre from 9.30 am to 12.30 pm.

Bangers and Cash – Local Charity wants your old Banger

Colchester based Environment Charity en-form is asking the public to donate their old unwanted cars for cash as part of a novel fund-raising scheme run by the Giveacar social enterprise.

Andrew Wilkinson of en-form said ‘This is a simple and effective way of attracting a new source of much needed donations as well as reducing the amount of unwanted or unused cars lying around. As an environment Charity we welcome any scheme disposing of old cars, particularly those that have failed their MOT in an environmentally friendly way and at the same time making it easy for owners. A win–win situation’

Regardless of their condition unwanted cars are collected free-of-charge nationwide by Giveacar and either sold through an online auction, or disposed of in an environmentally friendly way at an authorised treatment facility. Proceeds from the sale are donated to the charity, with ‘bangers’ that are scrapped still netting an average of £100 for the chosen cause.

en-form, who run a range of local environment projects including Farmers Markets, a Paint reuse scheme and 2 Reuse websites, helping residents throughout Essex is the latest of hundreds of charities who have recognised the potential of the car donation service.

Many car owners want an easy and completely free way to get rid of their old car. Giveacar will help them to do this in a legal and environmentally friendly way.

The scheme is intended to discourage irresponsible owners who may consider abandoning their cars – spoiling the appearance of the local environment and costing local taxpayers’ money to remove and dispose of them.

Alex Harvey, Manager of Giveacar, welcomed the partnership. He said ‘We are pleased en-form have joined with us to help solve the problem of unwanted cars in an environmentally friendly way, particularly as they are a local environment Charity themselves.’

To find out how old, unwanted and unused cars can benefit en-form, go to www.giveacar.co.uk/charities/en-form

HAPPY BIRTHDAY COMMUNITY REPAINT COLCHESTER

A local scheme which collects unwanted paint and re-distributes it to help brighten the lives of others celebrated its birthday last month. Staff and volunteers from Community RePaint Colchester painted the town red in recognition of eight years of supporting paint reuse in Colchester.

And the party is set to continue, because 2013 is also the 20th anniversary of Community Repaint, the network of 67 projects across the UK that collect unwanted, surplus paint and re-distribute it to individuals, families and communities in need, improving the wellbeing of people and the appearance of places.

“The aim of celebrating our birthday and Community RePaint’s 20th anniversary is not only to mark these important milestones, but also to raise awareness in support of our activities,” said scheme manager Andrew Wilkinson. “RePaint Colchester is a simple, local solution to the problem of waste paint. By reusing paint in our community we can bring a splash of colour to the lives of those who need it the most, and help to protect the planet by preventing perfectly good paint from ending up in landfill. We have been so successful in collecting unwanted paint at the moment that we have plenty to give away to those on low incomes, charities, community groups and schools.”

Getting colour from every drop…

“Dulux has been committed to supporting Community RePaint for the last 20 years and recognises the fantastic work each scheme has done in brightening the lives of those in need” said Paul Murgett, Environmental Projects Co-ordinator at Dulux.

“Over the years the network has grown, meaning more people and communities across the UK can benefit from re-using unwanted or surplus paint which would otherwise go to waste. Dulux is proud to continue sponsoring this fantastic network and is grateful for all the work it does.”

If you are on a low income or benefits and need paint to re-decorate your home no matter how much or how little, or if your charity or community group could use a lick of paint, call Community RePaint Colchester to find out more on 01206 798113.

In 2012 householders, traders and paint manufacturers donated 387,495 litres of paint to Community RePaint schemes, which then distributed 218,364 litres to some 2,214 community groups and 17,296 individuals, providing 190 jobs and 1,274 volunteer and training opportunities.

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For more information, please contact:

Community RePaint Network

0113 200 3959

07725 760 082

repaint@resourcefutures.co.uk

www.communityrepaint.org.uk

Notes to Editors:

1. Community RePaint Colchester is run by en-form the Colchester Environment Centre which operates the Colchester RePaint Scheme, the Colchester and Wivenhoe Farmers Markets, the Giveortake,org and Reuseessex.org.uk websites.

2. What is Community RePaint? Community RePaint schemes collect unwanted, surplus paint and re-distribute it to individuals, families and communities in need, improving the wellbeing of people and the appearance of places across the UK. In doing so Community RePaint provides social, environmental and economic benefits

3. 20 years of paint re-use: Community RePaint will celebrate its 20th anniversary in July 2013. Activities to mark this milestone are planned for throughout the year.

4.Who runs Community RePaint? The Network has been sponsored by Dulux since its inception in 1993 and forms part of Dulux’s ongoing sustainability programme. Community RePaint is managed by Resource Futures, an employee-owned, non-profit distributing environmental consultancy based in Bristol.

5. How to contact Community RePaint: www.communityrepaint.org.uk includes a postcode search, which can be used to locate the nearest point for donating paint. Alternatively, phone: 0113 200 3059 or email: repaint@resourcefutures.co.uk