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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
  • Re-use (and Repair)
  • Love Your Clothes
  • Recycle for Scotland
  • Litter and Flytipping prevention
  • Re-usable 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 (Re-use 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;

  • Pass it on Week (normally during March)
  • Recycle Week (normally during September)
  • European Week for Waste Reduction (normally during November).  Please visit www.ewwr.eu for dates.


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

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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