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. 

17 Sep 13

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 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.

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