Our Environment

We all value our environment, whether it’s the built or the natural environment. The Council is committed to looking after both, with climate change in mind. There are many ways in which residents and businesses can work together to support the environment.

This page aims to draw together useful information to assist in identifying ways in which we can, individually and collectively, look after our environment and help counter climate change.

Buildings (Homes and Energy)

ENERGY (Sources including renewables) Energy ( gas and electricity) are essential but the kind of energy used can make a big difference to the level of carbon emissions generated and therefore the impact on the climate. Renewable energy (e.g. from solar panels and wind farms) is not based on fossil fuels and so is much […]

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Carbon footprint and Climate

CARBON FOOTPRINT AND WHAT IT MEANS Global warming and the resulting change in the climate is attributed to excessive gas emissions over time. To combat climate change and its consequences (such as severe storms, flooding, and heatwaves) we need to reduce gas emissions. A carbon footprint corresponds to the whole amount of greenhouses gases or “GHGs” […]

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Consumers and Sustainability

We are all consumers: we all buy things and what we buy and where can make a big difference to our carbon footprint. Whether it is food, clothes, energy, a vehicle, we all “consume” every day. Buying less, and making it last longer, including making repairs, and buying secondhand can help. When you no longer […]

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Food and Farming

The global livestock industry accounts for 14% of annual greenhouse emissions, meat production has been devastating in some parts of the world e.g., Brazil, where the Amazon Forest has been destroyed to make way for cattle farms (Brazil exports 70% of the food it produces including beef in particular). Cutting down on red meat helps […]

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Gardens and Green Spaces

GARDENING Some gardening products and practices are not environmentally friendly. For example, a peat bog is very good at locking up carbon and conversely a peat based compost is not environmentally friendly. There are plenty of good peat-free composts on the market to choose from. Similarly weed killers and insecticides can have a very damaging […]

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Recycling and Repairs

RECYCLING There are lots of ways to recycle most things we consume these days. This includes plastics and packaging, paper, glass, electrical equipment, batteries, water filters and clothes to name but a few. It is important to remember, when you are throwing things away, to distinguish between what is relatively clean and can be recycled […]

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Transport including flying

There are a number of options available for travelling in and around Amersham, other than by a petrol or diesel vehicle which are more climate friendly, in that they entail lower or no carbon emissions. BUSES Amersham is on a number of bus routes. The links below list the bus timetables and give a map […]

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Water

Water is a very precious resource but most of us waste a lot on a daily basis. A SHOWER, NOT A BATH Running a bath takes about 35 gallons of water. A five-minute shower uses about 12 gallons with an “average” shower head. You can save more water by cutting your shower time: every minute […]

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Recent News

Just One Thing……

January 27, 2023

Have those New Year’s resolutions lasted? If we each were to pick just one thing and pursue it through the year, we could make a real difference to our environment and help reduce our carbon footprint. How about these suggestions: 1 Buy a reusable cup for those takeaway drinks. If you keep it by your […]

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Coffee Doesn’t Have To Cost The Earth

January 16, 2023

If your New Year’s resolutions are already flagging, how about taking small steps towards a sustainable habit that benefits the planet? Just remember to drop your reusable cup in your bag before you head out!

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Amersham Recycles for Medic to Medic

January 5, 2023

2022 saw Amersham Town Council working with Amersham Recycles for Medic to Medic, by installing collection points in Amersham on the Hill for various items that cannot be recycled by Buckinghamshire Council. Throughout 2022 four local retailers agreed to collect the following items: We have also had help from Woodside Junior School with the collection […]

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Wishing you a Happy Waste-Not Christmas

December 9, 2022

There are lots of ways to minimise waste at Christmas time and help the environment along the way. Here are a few ideas: Presents may be re-useable, recyclable or pre-loved. How about re-useable cups, for all the family?  And together save countless takeaway cups that would be thrown away in the year to come! Avoid […]

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