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New community composting toolkit for Highland residents

Communities in the Highlands can now curb their carbon footprint using food and garden waste, thanks to new guidance on community composting.

26 Jul 22

The free Highland Community Composting Resource has been specifically developed for Highland region and offers step-by-step guidance on setting up a composting project.

It’s intended to help communities put materials that would otherwise go to landfill to good use – providing an alternative that’s better for the environment and generates a valuable resource for local growing projects. 

The initiative is a partnership between Zero Waste Scotland, the Highland Council and Highland Good Food Partnership. 

Iain Gulland, Chief Executive, Zero Waste Scotland, explained:  

“Composting is a fantastic way for individuals and communities to make things last – realising the value of materials that would otherwise be wasted before the end of their usable life while helping to improve soil health at the same time. 

“Food waste in particular is a big hitter in terms of environmental impact, making up 18 per cent of household waste by weight but accounting for 30 per cent of the carbon impacts. That means keeping materials like this in high-value use for longer can really cut our carbon footprint and ultimately reduce our contribution to climate change.” 

When food and garden waste break down in landfill they produce methane – a powerful greenhouse gas that contributes to global warming. Community composting projects have real potential to limit that by diverting those materials from landfill and putting them to good use.

The Highland Community Composting Resource includes guidance on every aspect of community composting, from what can be composted to methods, benefits, and costs. It also features best-practice case studies of community composting projects from elsewhere in Scotland and the rest of the UK. 

Katie Andrews, Climate Change Coordinator at the Highland Council said:  

“This is a fantastic resource and will be a valuable asset to help Highland communities take positive steps to reduce the waste we send to landfill.  

“Additionally, it has been great to have the opportunity to work with Zero Waste Scotland and Highland Good Food Partnership over the past year to develop the toolkit. It already seems to be receiving positive feedback and we look forward to seeing how it helps the Highlands on our collective journey to net zero.”  

Reina Edmiston from Highland Good Food Partnership said:  

“This resource is great for individuals and communities across the Highlands that are looking to start their own composting project. We're looking forward to using this resource as part of the Highland Community Waste Partnership to kickstart some online composting workshops in the coming months.” 

View the Highland Community Composting Resource.

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Notes For Editors

When it comes to food waste, avoiding it is better than recycling or composting it. Through its Love Food Hate Waste brand, Zero Waste Scotland can help everyone make the most of the food they love. 

More information on reducing food waste and why it’s so important is available on the Love Food Hate Waste Scotland website. 

About Zero Waste Scotland 

Zero Waste Scotland exists to lead Scotland to use products and resources responsibly, focusing on where we can have the greatest impact on climate change.   

Using evidence and insight, our goal is to inform policy, and motivate individuals and businesses to embrace the environmental, economic, and social benefits of a circular economy.   

We are a not-for-profit environmental organisation funded by the Scottish Government. 

More information on all Zero Waste Scotland’s programmes can be found at https://www.zerowastescotland.org.uk/. You can also keep up to date with the latest from Zero Waste Scotland via our social media channels - Twitter | Facebook | LinkedIn 

About Highland Good Food Partnership 

Highland Good Food Partnership is driven by local people who are passionate about creating a sustainable, local food system. The partnership is jointly funded by Scotland Food and Drink, Sustainable Food Places, the Pebble Trust and Transition Black Isle. 

For media enquiries contact: 

Harriet Brace, Communications Consultant (PR & Media) 

Mobile 07816 226323 

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