Zero waste

Hands with gloves counting littered plastic bottles

At CPRE Warwickshire we want to reduce waste, including harmful plastics and other single-use packaging. Excessive and single-use packaging costs money to remove, destroy or recycle, and contributes to the climate emergency. It’s time for change.

We have consistently campaigned for an all-in Deposit Return Scheme to protect our streets, green spaces, soil and waterways from waste pollution.

We want this to cover all drinks containers, a commonly littered item, to increase recycling of these items to over 90%.


Any lover of the countryside will have seen the way the landscape is blighted by litter. A combination of an ineffective recycling system and a lack of awareness of those who litter has created an enormous waste problem.

Thrown, dropped, fly-tipped and flushed, waste travels along our waterways and into our seas causing devastation to ecosystems and wildlife along the way. As a population we are waking up to the crisis that we have created.

Deposit return schemes and increased manufacturer responsibility for the lifespan of products will make a huge difference. On an individual level, the best thing we can do is to reduce the unnecessary packaging that we bring into our homes. If more of us purchased sustainably, a substantial weight on our environment would be lifted. Importantly, this will also influence how big businesses act as they pay attention to our consumer behaviour.

We thought it was important to highlight the many wonderful “zero waste” shops we have on offer in our region:


Cogs – Stall 120, Coventry Market, Coventry, CV1 1DL

CORE – 45 Park Street, Leamington Spa, CV32 4QN

Greenbean – 62 Smith Street, Warwick, CV34 4HU

Rugby Unwrapped – 66 Church Street, Rugby, CV21 3PT

The Clean Kilo – 1 Gibb Street, Digbeth, Birmingham, B9 4BF

The Clean Kilo – 249 Mary Vale Road, Bournville, Birmingham, B20 1PN

The Refill Box – 4 Shrieves Walk, Stratford Upon Avon, CV37 6EE

Zero – 41 Russell Street, Leamington Spa, CV32 5QB


Have we missed anyone? If so, get in touch with us and let us put that right!


We interviewed Michele from Greenbean to discover more: