Buxton Methodist Church is an environmentally conscious congregation.
We encourage all users of the building to ‘reduce, reuse and recycle’, to minimise waste sent to landfill. There are recycling bins throughout the building.
Our recycling policy states:
‘Members of the Buxton Methodist Church Council take seriously the need for sustainable living. They therefore encourage all volunteers and expect all paid employees to minimise waste and use recycling whenever possible’.
Our Steps to Reduce our Environmental Impact
In 2012, we renewed our gas boiler with the help of grant funding in order to improve our energy efficiency through increased programmability.
In May 2016, we installed photo-voltaic panels on the south-facing pitch of the church roof (see photo of work on site). The panels enable us to generate electricity for our own consumption and to sell back to the National Grid. Since 2017, our solar panels have generated 27,000kWhrs of electricity (March, 2020) – enough to offset the carbon emissions of one adult for 2 years.
In February 2020, we signed a plastic-free pledge as part of Transition Buxton’s ‘Plastic Clever Buxton’ project. Read more about it below.
In March 2020, we installed boxes to collect hard-to-recycle items which Transition Buxton send off to be turned into things such as planters and benches. The items you can put in the bins include crisp, other snacks and confectionary packaging, dental products, biros and baby food pouches. You’ll find our boxes on the table at the back of church and under the leaflet table opposite the Main Hall by the kitchen.
Our Plastic Pledge
On 23rd February 2020, Rev Andrew Parker, on behalf of our church, signed a plastic-free pledge as part of Transition Buxton’s ‘Plastic Clever Buxton’ project. The project aims to get Buxton accredited as a plastic-free community via the Surfer’s Against Sewage initiative.
The pledge initially involves removing three items of single-use plastics from the church. The three items chosen by our church are:
- cling film (and equivalents)
- plastic containers for cleaning products
- single-use biros
We will achieve this by using sustainable alternatives and/or reusing refillable items. We also ask that our room hirers cease to use these items on the premises.