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Comrie gets recycling as Zero Waste Fortnight kicks off

Comrie is being urged to get behind the zero waste effort as the annual Zero Waste Fortnight kicks off in the village this week.

15 Sep 11

To mark the start of the Fortnight, the community gathered at Bumble Bee Square to celebrate the winners of the Zero Waste re-usable bag design competition judged by representatives from Perth and Kinross Council.

Local children, 11-year-old Jake Doy and 9-year-old Lily Wilson from Comrie Primary School were presented with re-usable bags featuring their winning designs.

The re-usable bags are available in shops around Comrie and residents who use the bags instead of a plastic bag will be invited to enter a prize draw to receive vouchers worth £25.00, which can be spent locally.

Emma Margrett, Carbon Challenge Officer for Comrie Development Trust, said:  “The Zero Waste Fortnight is all about encouraging householders to reduce their waste and recycle and re-use more.

“We’re off to a great start and we hope many more people will get involved with the other events planned this year to learn more about recycling and reuse and have fun together.  We hope to make Comrie’s third Zero Waste Fortnight another great success.”

Perth & Kinross Council’s Environment Convener, Councillor Alan Grant, added: “During the last two Zero Waste Fortnights the Comrie community has done an excellent job of successfully reducing waste and increasing their recycling. Residents are still determined to do even better however. Since the last event Perth & Kinross Council has expanded the range of materials that can be recycled through residents’ blue-lidded bins, and we hope this will help Comrie people to improve their performance even further this year.

“Zero Waste Fortnight is also a great opportunity to get into the habit of making use of your local recycling centres and points, and to change your habits. Even small changes will make a difference - consider collecting glass waste in a bag for a few weeks and taking it to your local recycling point, recycle old batteries or try to buy loose fruit and vegetables instead of in packaging. These are the easy steps that will all help to reduce waste going to landfill.”

Ylva Haglund, Zero Waste Scotland’s Regional Partnership Manager for East Scotland, said:  “It was great to see the competition winners with their reusable bags.  We hope the community will get behind reusable bags during the fortnight to take another extra step towards zero waste.”

A series of events  are planned  throughout the Fortnight (14-29 September), as the Comrie Development Trust  hopes to repeat the success of the previous years’ events which saw a significant reduction in the amount of general waste and increase in recyclate collected from Comrie.

Once again, the Council will measure the amount of waste produced in the village in the two week period, and for every tonne diverted from landfill, either by reducing and reusing items or by recycling more, the Council will donate £70 per tonne, the approximate cost of landfill disposal, to Comrie Primary School for their Outdoor Classroom.

Other events include free ‘up-cycling’ workshops for people keen to try turning waste into fashion.  The first workshop has already taken place with two further workshops on Saturday 17th from 2pm to 5 pm, and on Saturday 24th from 10.30am to 1.30pm at the White Church.   Participants and their creations will become the stars of a Recycled Fashion Show, set to take place on Saturday 24 September at 5.00pm in the White Church. 

For more information about events taking place for Comrie Zero Waste Fortnight or enquire about waste, recycling and re-use issues, please contact Emma at emargrett@comrie.org.uk or visit www.comriedevelopmenttrust.org.uk.

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