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A Swap Shop for TBI?
As you can see in the item below from their March newsletter, Skye Climate Action operates a very popular Swap Shop, previously weekly as 'Waste Not Wednesdays', and currently on a series of consecutive or close together dates. Ideas circulate from to time about setting up a TBI Swap Shop, but they run into the problem of requiring premises of some kind in which to store stuff between events; not necessarily a building - one thinks of a shipping container, garage, garden shed or (as appears to be the case in the Skye picture) a polytunnel or tent, as other possibilities.
If you would be interested in pursuing the idea of a TBI Swap Shop - and better still if you have somewhere which might be suitable for storing stuff, please email email@example.com .
Skye Climate Action 'Waste not' swap shops
Waste Not is back!
Having a clear out? Need to de-clutter?
Help to develop a reduce, re-use and recycle culture on Skye
by cutting down the amount of waste going to landfill.
“One person’s trash is another’s treasure.”
Bring along your old and unwanted items to one of our
WASTE NOT events.
Clothes, toys, tools, bric-a-brac, books, CDs, DVDs etc.
Kitchen items, fabric, yarn, craft materials….basically anything that’s
too good to go in the bin and might be useful for someone else.
Wednesday 15th March
Thursday 16th March
Friday 17th March
Saturday 18th March
Wednesday 22nd March
Wednesday 5th April
Wednesday 12th April
Venue: The Waste Not Green Sheds @ 9 Torrin, IV49 9BA
Time: 10am – 5pm
This is a ‘swap shop’ style event where items can be taken away for FREE!
Any questions contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Black Isle Repair Cafes now established
Black Isle repair cafes are a joint initiative of TBI, Black Isle Men's Shed and the Highland Community Waste Partnership. Following a trial event at the Highland Climate Festival in June 2022, they have been established as regular monthly events, with the location rotating round the Black Isle villages.
If you've got stuff you'd like to get repaired, or would like to volunteer as a repairer or just to help generally with a cafe from time to time, contact Gillian Newman at email@example.com .
Circular Economy for Scotland? - legislation this year
A brief review of the current status of the Scottish Government's Circular Economy bill was provided by environmental campaigner and consultant Dr Richard Dixon in The Scotsman of 15 December 2022.
Scotland's Circular Economy Bill is attracting widespread public support so SNP and Green government should be ambitious.
The public are demanding more action on waste, including targets for our consumption of key materials, in the forthcoming Circular Economy Bill.
It was first promised in 2019 but was then put on hold because of the pandemic. It is now firmly back on the agenda, with the results of a public consultation published recently and a draft Bill expected in the Scottish Parliament next year.
A more detailed examination of the need for a Circular Economy Bill is provided by a policy paper published by Circular Communities Scotland in May 2022.
This set out ten key policies which they believe 'will significantly advance our progress to a more circular economy'
Circular Communities Scotland key policies
1. National reuse targets – this will help local authorities prioritise reuse over recycling.
2. Clear responsibilities for circular economy – clear responsibilities for circular economy targets, strategies and actions will support faster change.
3. Statutory requirement for reuse facilities – this is vital to ensure consistent reuse provision across Scotland.
4. Investing in local authority recycling centres – this is urgently needed to deliver adequate and effective set aside for reuse provision.
5. Investment in reuse and repair projects – investment is needed to grow reuse and repair provision across Scotland.
6. Embrace right to repair – greater systems to support repair are needed to increase the lifespan of products.
7. Extended Producer Responsibility – any EPR scheme needs to prioritise the principles of the waste hierarchy and support the social economy.
8. Ban unnecessary product destruction – this will stop products being destroyed which have not even been used once and provide quality products for reuse organisations.
9. Circular public procurement – diverting some public procurement to reuse and recycled products will provide a strong boost for the circular economy.
10. Phase out single use products – by replacing single use with durable products we will avoid unnecessary waste.
Ireland passed a Circular Economy Act in July 2022.
Clachworks - exciting new group set up in Inverness
Clachworks believes in the circular economy which aims to reuse materials rather than throwing them away.
The circular economy is a model which seeks to eliminate waste by finding ways to reuse materials indefinitely. This can be done by sharing, reusing, repairing, remaking, refurbishing, recycling items and their materials for as long as possible.
Clachworks' founder Lauren Pyott writes
My name is Lauren Pyott and I’m the founder of Clachworks: a new social enterprise working towards creating an open space for making and remaking in Inverness. in these blogs I’ll be discussing some of my motivations for starting the social enterprise and about some of the projects we have lined up. I’ll also be talking about why I think the environmental movement has to have social justice at its heart.. . . .
I moved back to Inverness three years ago and whilst I was delighted to live in such a beautiful part of the world again, I was also saddened to see how hard life can be here for many. Unemployment is high in Inverness and it tragically has one of the highest suicide rates in the country. Last year, I decided to set up a social enterprise Clachworks to try and tackle some of these issues from within the community.
Clachworks will be a socially inclusive space for making & remaking in Inverness. We believe that the tools, skills & resources needed to create & repair things shouldn’t cost the earth & should be accessible to all. We have plans to open a tool library, open-access workshop space, community garden & café, facilitating a transition towards the circular economy.
By sharing resources amongst the community, Clachworks aims to lower personal costs for individuals; reduce the overall consumption and waste of goods; and foster skills development and community solidarity. Ultimately, we want to create a space for people to make things, skills and friendships. This will hopefully be based in a heritage workshop that was originally used to construct the Caledonian Canal over two hundred years ago, and by doing so we seek to honour the legacy of the trades and tradespeople that once made Inverness flourish.
Clachworks received a UHI award for Best Social Impact Business in 2021.
Clachworks newsletter - opportunities presented by new premises
Clachworks' latest newsletter excitedly announces the successful leasing of a heritage workshop building on the Caledonian Canal in Clachnaharry, which they hope to occupy by the end of the summer.
Once we’re officially in, the real work will begin as we plan to transform the site into a safe, accessible and creative space for the community. Our vision is to create a socially inclusive space for making and remaking, with a tool library, makerspace, community garden and cafe.
- Saturday 3 June
- 10:00 Black Isle Place Plan second stage consultation
- Saturday 10 June
- NA Great Big Green Week 10 -18 June
- 10:30 Cromarty Community Market
- Saturday 17 June
- 09:30 'Ecologist' online event - Small is the Future
- 10:00 Culbokie Community Market
- Thursday 22 June
- NA Cromarty Firth marine research project workshop
- Saturday 24 June
- NA Port of Nigg Open Day
- NA Black Isle Repair Cafe / Zero Waste Day
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