Category Archives: Community Energy

Burning wood and coal


SHARE Welcomes the recent announcement by the Government to phase out the sale of coal and wet wood for domestic burning next year.

The tiny particles produced when these fuels are burnt pollute the air and have a serious effect on human health. To reduce our emissions of CO₂ and slow down climate change we must stop burning fossil fuels. Coal is especially bad so coupled with the air pollution it causes, we really must stop using it.

Fortunately there is an easy fix to the problem of wet wood. Dry it properly ! A recently felled tree will have a moisture content anywhere from 40% up to 60%. This must be reduced to around 20% to burn without producing the particles that the health experts are so concerned about. Burning wet wood also produces tar which will condense in your chimney, could corrode the liner, could block it or it could fall back into the fire and start a chimney fire. Economically, burning wet wood doesn’t make any sense either. Basically you are using a proportion of your fuel simply to evaporate the excess moisture in it.

All of the firewood supplied by SHARE is properly seasoned and stored in the dry. All customers are advised to store it undercover and are very often helped to stack it there.

Top tips: • Use a woodburner rather than an open fire to get the most useful heat out of your wood fuel. • Have your flue swept regularly. • Ensure the door seals are undamaged and effective. • Check the vents and other controls are in good working order. • Ensure the room has a vent allowing fresh air in and a carbon monoxide alarm.

Stay warm: Phone Ali for local wood deliveries. 07305 044049

SHARE Update


Investment Offer over-subscribed For the past few years SHARE has offered a fixed-term investment opportunity. This is our means of paying off our capital investment in the 40kW solar PV installation at Church Park, South Hill. Each time, we look to raise a certain amount of capital, spread between as many investors as possible and offer to our members first. We are already over-subscribed for this year. Thank you for your support. Church Park is performing well, in fact much better than our initial cashflow predictions, which is why we can offer 4% interest to our investors. To date the project has generated electricity equivalent to that used per year on average by 4 UK households (4,648kWh). This is a carbon saving of 7.5tonnes CO2e. As a matter of interest I have just read that the average USA household uses 11,700kWh of electricity!

Recycling for Charity suspended due to Covid-19 Please save your items and sort like items together, our volunteers can no longer sort out crisp packets from sweet and biscuit wrappers etc, we need your help. When you have a bag full, drop to Green Meadows.

Climate changing emissions down – CO2 and NOx One positive result of the current pandemic is the huge reduction in “greenhouse gas” emissions globally. Parts of China worst affected by the virus have seen up to 25% less Nitrogen Dioxide in the atmosphere, as observed by NASA on satellite images. The BBC reported that there are observable reductions in CO2 emissions in the UK due to people travelling less, and lower air pollution levels in towns and cities. Perhaps the current enforcement of home working and holding remote meetings will make people realise that not everybody needs to be out on the roads every day.

SHARE in the Community While events were still going ahead, we have been very active in the area spreading the word about SHARE and our projects to various groups from W.I , U3A, Youth Groups and attending a number of Environmental Action Group meetings held by Cornwall Council and local Towns and Parishes.

Firewood and wood chippings available Large trailer load logs £120; dumpy bag logs £60. Dumpy bag chippings £5 Contact Ali 07305 044049

Tree Planting Another 400 trees planted! Thank you to the children that helped plant trees along the verges in the parish.

Stay safe and be sensible  Don’t panic buy, there is plenty to go round. Over buying of fresh food especially could lead to food waste, which we’ve all been trying to cut down on.

Ask if you need help, we’re all in this together.

SHARE Feb. 2020 Update


Visit to Cotehele Mill SHARE had a successful visit to Cotehele mill to see the hydro installation on Friday 6th December. A group of 21 people went to see the 5kW generator on site and learn about the benefits and pitfalls of such an installation. Leaves, young fish and regulations all need to be addressed so planning is crucial for a successful project, but if done properly, this can be a good source of electricity for the wet winter months.

Parish Carbon Footprint SHARE had asked Atlantic Energy to perform a carbon audit on the South Hill Parish and the results were discussed at our meeting on 8th January. The results showed that the main contributors to our carbon footprint are manufactured items, transport (including transport of goods) and energy used in the house, in that order. We can all do our bit by buying less (do you really need it, can you buy second-hand), working from home or car share, and use renewable energy and LED lighting in the home. Also, to work towards going to a zero carbon footprint, we would need to replace our cars by all electric cars, turn off electrical items we don’t use (don’t put our items on standby, switch if off at the socket), use heat pumps for heating our houses and only use renewable energy sources. For those who missed the presentation, Astrid will present the results again at the W.I. meeting on 6th May and we’ll post results on the SHARE web page.

For more info on this, any other thoughts or to join SHARE SHARE@south-hill.co.uk or phone Secetary Astrid Fischer 07875 284346

SHARE November update


Free Trees Four hundred tree saplings are available to SHARE members and friends. Last year SHARE applied for and were successful in obtaining saplings through the I DIG TREES project. Members planted them on hedges, footpaths and at the Recreation Field, this year we have another 400 to plant and have secured more great locations, DO YOU want some, would you like to plant some? WE WOULD LOVE the children to be involved, so they can watch their trees mature . With the devasting Ash Die Back many of our parish trees will have to be felled before they fall down, our views and hedges will be altered significantly.

Here’s what we have: • Parkland trees – Common Alder, Green Beech, Silver Birch, English Oak and Hornbeam (20 of each) • Large garden trees – Downy Birch, Wild Cherry, Rowan, Sessile Oak and Field Maple (30 of each) • Small garden trees – Grey Willow, Rowan, Hazel, Crab Apple and Bird Cherry (30 of each) If you have room in your garden, on hedgerows, or better still a plot of land for a small wood, please email share@south-hill.co.uk or phone Sue or David on 382397.

Tavistock Energy Fest SHARE would like to congratulate Tamar Energy Community on their interesting and informative event in Tavistock on Saturday November 23rd. Alongside stands explaining energy use and carbon footprint in the Tamar Valley, and local renewable energy and tree care businesses, SHARE partnered with the Tamar Valley AONB to promote our Recycling for Charity initiative. The Tamar Valley Centre, at Drakewalls, is a collection point for our crisp and snack packets, biscuit and sweet wrappers, toothpaste tubes, pet pouches and more. For a full list of items and collection points visit www.south-hill.co.uk/charity-recycling and join our FB Group

Visit to Cotehele Mill, Friday December 6th, leaving Golberdon at 11.30am – to find out how they produce hydro-electricity. A few places are still available – please email SHARE@south-hill.co.uk or phone Ali on 07305 044049 to arrange car sharing.

Firewood and wood chippings for Sale phone Ali 07305 044049

Parish Carbon Footprint SHARE has requested an audit to be completed and will discuss the results at our meeting on Wednesday 8th January 7:15pm at the Parish hall, Golberdon.

Reduce your Carbon emissions from driving Inspired by the “10 Climate Pledges”, SHARE Chairman Geoff Hardman designed the following poster with a number of ways to reduce our carbon emissions when driving:

Recycling for Charity 6 months in


We have just redeemed our 1st 6 months of recycling and have earned 76,811 points (£768.11) for Kicks Count charity.

Points Earned via the 13 programs we were signed up for:- Crisp Packets 16,590 Toothbrushes, toothpaste tubes 4,900 Sweets 3,808 Bread Bags 4,443 Biscuits, crackers, cakes (inc mini chedders) 27,940 Personal Care and Beauty 1,780 Home Care (triggers, wipes) 1,490 Disposable Gloves 2,257 Pringles® Cans 2,776 EllaCycle baby pouches n snacks 3,584 KP Snacks Nuts, Popcorn, Pretzels 6,781 ACUVUE® Contact Lens 462 There is no PET FOOD recorded, as I use another KICKS COUNT collector, but we have gained over 14000 pts (140 quid.)

MOVING FORWARD: CONTACT LENSES can only be recycled through opticians now. BREAD BAGS should be recycled at TESCO and other major supermarkets with carrier bags and all other stretchy plastics .THANK YOU ALL, and please stick to the accepted items, if you’re not sure, we probably dont take it.

COME TO A SORTING SESSION, see what we do every Friday morning 10am till 12 noon at GREEN MEADOWS Golberdon email SHARE@south-hill.co.uk or text Ali 07305 044049

If you want to set up your own collection point or help with an existing site please let us know !!

SHARE will be promoting our project at LAUNCESTON TOWN HALL Nov 12th 10am – 4:30 and TAVISTOCK TESCO Nov 14th from 10am. PLEASE pop along and say HI.

Recycling For Charity – help for the confused


See also our web page here…

in partnership with

The waste that SHARE collects for recycling is sent to a company called Terracycle, where it is sorted by type and then goes on to be made into other products such as picnic benches, furniture, garden planters, playground equipment, watering cans…

By agreement with certain manufacturers of plastic packaging, Terracycle collects very specific items. For example, the Hovis scheme takes all brands of bread loaf bags (not just Hovis ones), and Colgate offers a scheme collecting all brands of toothbrushes and toothpaste tubes. There are also schemes for biscuit and cake wrappers, confectionery, crisps and snacks, pet food pouches, home care products and personal care products. Most of these items can’t be accepted in kerbside recycling collections.

The similarity of many plastic products can lead to some confusion. For example, is a bag with apples in the same thing as a bread bag? The answer is NO, because the Hovis scheme only takes loaf bags. It doesn’t accept bags from rolls, wraps, crumpets etc either!

Here is a note found at Stoke Climsland Old School collection point this morning:

This person had also left several bags of perfectly well-sorted recycling, which we are grateful for.

BUT… there were very few things in this bag that we CAN recycle – pictured here (also 4 or 5 crisp packets)

Sweets, personal care plastic packaging, crisp packets (not pictured)

There were several food trays that could have gone in the kerbside collection. And pictured below, quite a lot that we CAN’T recycle. These bags should go in your kerbside waste, and will be taken to the energy recovery centre at St Dennis. And I think old lightbulbs are often collected at larger supermarkets, along with batteries, or you can take them to your local recycling centre (Saltash or Launceston). The bread bag on the left of the photo is OK, but all the stuff in it was waste.

WE HOPE THIS ARTICLE HELPS TO REDUCE CONFUSION.

NOT ACCEPTED BY TERRACYCLE: cereals, frozen food bags, herbs, nuts, fruit bags, cheese packets, rice bag, plastic cup and light bulbs

We have collection points at: the Parish Hall in Golberdon, Callington Tesco, Nanny Oakleys Cafe, the Tamar Valley Centre at Drakewalls, Launceston Co-op and Pets At Home, Tre Pol & Pen, South Petherwin church, Coads Green phone box, Upton Cross community centre, Millennium House Pensilva, and more.

Thank you to everybody who brings their non-kerbside recycling to our collection points.

We sort and package everything once or twice a week to be sent off to Terracycle via UPS. This is a real eye-opening experience, and should be seen by everybody at least once.

If you would like to help (even just once, no pressure to commit regularly), please email SHARE@south-hill.co.uk or leave a message on our Facebook page

Recycling For Charity


SHARE is saving valuable resources being wasted. These plastic items are sent to TERRACYCLE to be made into new products and credit KICKS COUNT charity, who aim to reduce the UK’s still-birth rate.

                    We have set up a number of collection points to drop your items and are delighted that both Callington schools, Duchy Stoke Climsland & Saltash colleges are now recycling.

The items we can accept UPDATED:

  • New. lipsticks, balm, gloss, mascara, eye shadow compacts, facial wipes packs
  • Soft tubes creams, gels, lotions, ointments, plastics in hair dye kits
  • all biscuits and crackers wrappers, inc multipacks and individual cakes, mini rolls
  • all crisp and snacks packets inc popcorn, pretzels, peanuts and pringles
  • all sweets and confectionery wrappers (no trays, paper, foil)
  • baby food pouches and lids and snacks
  • bread loaf bags (no other bread products)
  • triggers and pumps off bottles, disposable gloves (not rubber gloves)
  • plastic air fresheners and packaging, inc. plug ins
  • dishwasher salt & tablet flexible packets, tops off washing up liquid bottles
  • toothbrushes, electric heads and plastic packaging and used tooth paste tubes
  • pet food pouches, clean dry and bagged + plastic biscuit & treats bags ALL PETS.
  • WE CANNOT TAKE anything not on this list, the manufacturers that sponsor the programs are very specific about what can be accepted.
  • We no longer accept Contact Lenses, take to your optician
  • NO pill blister packs, fruit & veg bags, any yoghurt packaging, cheese packets,coffee & tea packets,cling film, plastic from flowers & cards, any cereal packets.
  • Please bag like items together to help with sorting and join us at Green Meadows on Fridays at 10am to sort and box up. It’ll be an eye openerI’m sure
  • email SHARE@south-hill.co.uk, our FB group  and web page on line here

I’m also collecting for Hill Pony Resources :- used stamps, old mobile phones, gadgets, cameras, sat navs, unwanted jewellery, any banknotes even if obsolete.

SHARE October news update


SHARE AGM was held on September 18th.Members will receive a full report and details will be posted on the web page.  This year has proved another VERY busy and profitable year and has attracted a number of new members, in and around the parish.

If you haven’t signed up yet, email us or phone Astrid 01579 383620 and we’ll drop a membership form to you and answer any questions you may have. 

We have enjoyed and been shocked on the recent visits to the:

Materials Recycling Facility at Bodmin: 30 took a coach on this fascinating visit, to see where our kerb side recycling goes and what happens to it. SUEZ monitor the contracts and processing and can confidently say that all materials stay in the UK. 

Cornwall Energy Recovery Centre at St. Dennis: as numbers where limited to 10 per visit, we organised 2 visits here to watch our kerb site waste being incinerated and generating enough electricity to power 21,000 homes. There are no operating landfill sites in Cornwall, all our ”black bag” waste is incinerated here. The tons of ash produced is processed on site and are used as aggregate for roads and building.

Langage Farm Anaerobic Digestion Facility operating since 2010, takes food waste from local restaurants and schools and generates power to produce their ice-cream products with surplus electricity powering around 500 homes. After 6 months being digested the resulting “waste” is a rich material used by local farmers to improve their farmland.

We visited a water wheel to see if hydro power generation is viable. We’re still not sure. More visits are being planned, if you have suggestions or contacts let us know.

SHARE Trees: If you have land to plant trees please get in touch, it’s more important now than ever. Planting and managing trees & woodland so they are fit for the future is a big responsibly, SHARE can help. Plant native trees and know where they have been sourced. Insect pests & organisms such as certain bacteria & fungi are a real threat. Take a note of any Ash Die Back, take a photo, record and watch for any changes. The Forestry Commission has information as will our local arborists. SHARE is concerned.

SHARE Firewood for Sale:  Many of our regulars have already stocked up, but if you need top ups a full load is £120 and dumpy bag is £60 ALL local seasoned wood, sized for you. Email SHARE@south-hill.co.uk All profits go towards planting more trees.

Annual Trees Sale. These won’t last long :  TEXT Ali 07305 044049 this week From Endsleigh Milton Abbot:  Pears £25,  all others a tenner:  Apples , Crab Apples . Ornamental Weeping Cotoneaster,  Weeping Cherry,  Robenia x Slavince  “Hillier”

Recycling Project. We have sent Terracycle around 375kg, equating to over £600for Kicks Count charity. Every Friday at 10am we sort the items at Green Meadows, join us, just to see what we do! see the amount of “rubbish” saved from being wasted.

 SHARE@south-hill.co.uk

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SHARE Visits in August


30 people took a coach to tour the Suez MRF Materials Recycling Centre at Bodmin  and in 2 visits 20 people toured the SUEZ CERC Cornwall Energy Recovery Centre at St Dennis both were fascinating trips and we all learnt so much about our “waste” and the importance of recycling everything we can.

  https://www.suez.co.uk/en-GB/our-offering/Communities-and-individuals/What-happens-to-waste/General-waste/Energy-from-waste

and some of us joined DS SMITH Launceston in celebrating 50 years and took a tour and ate some cake !  A tour for SHARE Members has been offered and will be organised later this year.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wkOePLDJp9c