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Waste going to Landfill has a financial cost as well as an environmental one, with Landfill Tax costing £72 per tonne, with an annual increase.  Materials diverted via Recycling also generate an income and support local employment.  Fyne Futures and Kintyre Recycling employ over 40 people between the organisation, supported by income for Recycling Services and income from the sale of recovered materials such as Cans, Plastics and Textiles.

Fyne Futures and Kintyre Recycling are working on a Plan to explore how higher recycling rates and greater local resource efficiency can help towards achieving zero waste by 2020 and can maximise the value of resources for the local economy.  This is one of 5 projects in Scotland selected by Zero Waste Scotland.  Work will continue between now and the end of December to produce a plan for each area and the groups will be undertaking survey work in the local community to gather feedback on recycling and activities that would reduce waste for the area.

In addition additional support has been secured by Argyll and Bute Council and Zero Waste Scotland to look at how we can improve recycling for householders in Tenements and Flatted accommodation.  Inventory work will be undertaken by local staff who will look at current refuse and recycling provision at tenement and flatted properties to assist in identifying how to assist householders to recycle more.

The Scottish Governments Zero Waste Plan sets out a vision of a zero waste Scotland where waste is treated as a valuable resource and not as a burden. It proposes a long term target of recycling 70% of all Scotland’s waste requiring that waste is sorted into separate streams for recycling and reprocessing, leaving only limited amounts for residual waste treatment, such as energy recovery.

18 September 2013

Five communities in the running to be Scotland’s first Zero Waste Town

Zero Waste Scotland has announced the five communities invited to explore how higher recycling rates and greater local resource efficiency can help to achieving zero waste by 2020.

Expressions of interest were sought from community organisations, social enterprises and others earlier this summer to examine over the next few months the feasibility for such a project.

The ‘towns’ are communities of 5,000 to 10,000 people, rather than traditional established geographic towns, with the proposed projects led by an organisations with a track record bringing partners together to deliver change.

The five communities selected have been awarded seedcorn funding in order to support the preparation of businesses cases over the coming months.  The five are:

·         Campbeltown/Bute led by Fyne Fytures

·         Dumbarton led by West Dunbartonshire CVS

·         Dunbar led by Sustaining Dunbar

·         Girvan led by Aspire2gether

·         Mull and Iona led by Mull & Iona Community Trust

Once the business cases are developed, the intention is to select one or two communities who will be further supported to take their projects forward in 2014/15.

Iain Gulland, Director of Zero Waste Scotland said:

“This is a really exciting project for Scotland as it looks to increase momentum with innovative new ideas to deliver a zero waste society.

“We have been looking for organisations that can lead the gathering of evidence and show the vision, ambition and practical skills needed to pull off this ambitious model.

“The successful implementation of plans, from the new year onwards, will demonstrate the most effective ways that communities in Scotland can achieve zero waste by delivering the highest recycling rates and reducing residual waste, and that business in those places can significantly reduce their use of key materials, energy and water.”

The communities will receive targeted support and further funding to enable them to build comprehensive project delivery plans. Technical contractors may also be provided to support this development phase.

The project has been developed in collaboration with a number of third sector networks including DTAS, Scottish Community Alliance, CRNS, Scottish Climate Change Communities Network.

The project draws its inspiration from other similar initiatives including Italy’s internationally renowned Zero Waste Town programme. The Italian pioneer Rossano Ercolini from Capannori, Tuscany was awarded the Goldman Environmental Prize in 2013 in recognition of his efforts in stimulating community-led action and a new approach to waste management. Capannori has a recycling rate in excess of 80% and works closely with local government having persuaded them of the benefits of recycling.  He helped establish the European Zero Waste Network, which celebrates and encourages community led approaches to waste management.


1.       Applications have been reviewed by a panel of organisations representing the community, third sector and business.

2.       All scoping/feasibility/business cases need to be completed by end December 2013. Zero Waste Scotland will provide additional guidance and support to organisations preparing these plans following their selection to go forward.

3.       The pilot areas needed to demonstrate an established track record in collaborative working through community planning; have a current organisational/business development plan and have the commitment of other local organisations in the area. Zero Waste Scotland’s programmes would be used to support the local authorities, businesses, community groups and householders in those areas to maximise recycling rates and wider resource efficiency.

4.       In selecting the possible projects Zero Waste Scotland looked for organisations with a demonstrable track record in building partnerships and engaging with local government, business and the wider community; should have been established for three or more years; have an organisational or business development plan; and could supply a set of financial accounts.

5.       Zero Waste Scotland works to maximise the efficient use of some of Scotland’s most valuable resources – materials, energy and water – to achieve economic and environmental benefits

  1. Zero Waste Scotland is funded by the Scottish Government to support the delivery of its Zero Waste Plan.
  2. More information on all Zero Waste Scotland’s programmes can be found at


Samantha Fiander, Corporate Communications, Zero Waste Scotland, 01786 433930

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