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What Zero Waste Scotland can offer community groups

Zero Waste Scotland supports the work of community groups through our Resource Efficient Circular Economy Accelerator Programme funded by Scottish Government and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) to support projects involving waste and circular economy activities, or installation of energy efficient measures in community-owned buildings.

Zero Waste Scotland recognises that behaviour change on issues around waste can often be most effectively achieved through community engagement at a local level.

We have a range of materials, training and support available to help you take action on waste in your community. 

Our resources cover our key campaigns;

  • Love Food Hate Waste
  • Reuse (and Repair)
  • Love Your Clothes
  • Recycle for Scotland
  • Litter and Flytipping prevention
  • Reusable menstrual products (#TrialPeriod)
  • Energy Efficiency


We can provide cascade workshops where we come out to your area and run ‘train the trainer’ events.  These are normally around 2 hours in length when face-to-face (but can be adapted), or an hour when online and we run through a workshop then leave you with access to the materials so that you can roll out the workshop (or parts of it) in your community.  We just need a venue (if face-to-face), a minimum of 12 people (staff and/or volunteers and can be from one or more community groups).  Workshops can cover;

  • Love Food Hate Waste
  • #MakeThingsLast (Reuse and Repair)
  • Love Your Clothes
  • Ditching disposables
  • Re-usable menstrual products
  • Little Changes (a general session covering all our campaigns)
  • Green Champions training – a free online course to help you improve the resource efficiency of your building, make cost savings and increase your knowledge of a variety of areas.

Weeks of action

We also run a number of weeks of action which are ideal opportunities for community groups to get involved, run events in their area, and benefit from our resources, support and national PR.  These normally include;


Our websites provide a wealth of information for you and your community.

  • Zero Waste Scotland - our Corporate channel with information all about Zero Waste Scotland and our litter and flytipping work.
  • How to Waste Less - our channel for householders, but also really useful for you if you’re looking for content and information to share with the householders you work with.
  • Love Food Hate Waste Scotland.
  • Zero Waste Scotland's Energy Efficiency Business Support service - this is aimed at businesses, but also has resources and support for community owned buildings and other resources you may find useful such as online Green Champions training.
  • Love Your Clothes - this site is managed by WRAP, but we promote this as it’s a very effective campaign in reducing textile waste.
  • zerowastepartners.org.uk - a site for community groups, businesses, local authorities, educational establishments and individuals trying to spread the word, to download resources such as posters, toolkits, leaflets etc.

Social media

And our social media channels host great content that you can share. 

Communities newsletter

Our community newsletters included information on how to help you and your community reduce, reuse and recycle.  See past issues and sign up to the mailing list at; https://www.zerowastescotland.org.uk/content/community-newsletter

PR Guide

Zero Waste Scotland have developed a PR guide for community groups, to help generate local media coverage. The guide can be downloaded here.

Ideas for waste projects

You might already know exactly what projects you want to work on, but sometimes it’s good to get ideas from what’s already being done out there. 

So we’ve put together this page with some ideas of waste-related projects you might want to consider.


Feel free to get in touch with Zero Waste Scotland for support in using any of these materials, or to check if we have anything you need but can’t see here.

Contact: Communities@zerowastescotland.org.uk

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