Zero Waste Town - Call for Applications

We are seeking applications for a third Zero Waste Town, with a call for projects with a more urban focus that look to pilot community-led solutions for meeting national recycling, resource efficiency and food waste targets.

The successful project will follow the two existing Zero Waste Towns in Dunbar and Bute, which are currently up and running and are taking forward a wide range of initiatives to increase recycling, tackle food waste, encourage re-use and support local businesses to be more resource-efficient.

For the third project, we are looking for applications that offer a different geographic setting from the smaller rural locations of the first two towns, with an emphasis on more urban settings. Organisations and community groups are being asked to come forward with innovative ideas, passion and enthusiasm and a strong track record of leading behaviour change in their community.

Application Process

The application process consists of two stages:

  • Stage One: Interested organisations should submit an application form outlining some information about your organisation, background and an outline of what your project would look to achieve as a Zero Waste Town. You can download the application form and guidance notes. Applications should be submitted by Monday 3 October 2016. These applications will be assessed and funding will be awarded to projects to undertake stage two of the application process.
  • Stage Two: The best applications from stage one will be invited and funded to develop their ideas into a full feasibility study and project plan. This stage takes place between October 2016 and February 2017, when a full project proposal would be submitted. These full project proposals and feasibility studies will be assessed and a successful project will be identified.
  • The successful project proposals after stage two will be invited to deliver and implement these plans as a Zero Waste Town from April 2017 to March 2020.

How to find out more

Detailed guidance notes are available to download, which provide more background on the call for projects and the selection process.

There will also be an applicant workshop held in Stirling on Wednesday 31 August to hear more from us about the Zero Waste Town initiative, get some inspiration from the two existing Scottish projects in Dunbar and Bute and also speak to our staff about your project ideas and ask questions.

It may also be useful to read about other communities that have implemented zero waste strategies across Europe, such as Capannori, Italy and the growing network of Zero Waste Towns across Europe at

The town that’s chosen will receive funding from Zero Waste Scotland’s Resource Efficient Circular Economy Accelerator Programme to help it implement its ideas. The Resource Efficient Circular Economy Accelerator Programme Fund is administered by Zero Waste Scotland on behalf of the Scottish Government. It is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

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