Waste Stories Blog

The Smiling Snowman

He was smiling still, the wooden snowman with the broken nose.  He wondered: if his nose hadn’t been knocked off, what would he smell?  He had some interesting companions in the pile he had recently joined. An old toilet; some pencil crayons – pink, orange, brown and blue; a VHS video tape (he remembered when Read More…

The box of lost treasure

  I wasn’t working last night. Or not at first.  Perhaps not at the end.  I was on a mission to find a small pouch or bag, perhaps the kind that you might be gifted jewellery or a small trinket in, or perhaps the kind that a Tooth Fairy might carry.  I had practised my Read More…

Flower food

This morning (2nd December 2021), Waste Reduction (aka Stirling Community Food) had flowers. Pink lilies, the flowers just beginning to open to reveal dark-speckled, suggestive interiors. Huge sprays of Calla lilies, ready to fill a church or a village hall: wedding or funeral, they wouldn’t care. And dozens and dozens of white roses. Later, we Read More…

All Souls Day

  Serafino Celebrations – making YOUR moments last forever. Anna added the date to the card – Halloween 2021 – and slid it into the plastic pocket with the coppery-coloured foil disc. “Are you still bringing those into the house?” Anna shrugged. “They seem to be getting here under their own steam now. This one Read More…

Heroes, villains and tidy litter

Throughout the last 15 months, there have been regular reports of widespread, and sometimes mass, littering.  In the summer and autumn of 2020, and then again in the spring and early summer of 2021, many media outlets featured stories about waste left on the UK’s beaches and in our wilder or more rural areas.  Legal Read More…