Recycling and Waste
Some recycling links
Lots of ideas on reducing particularly food waste.
France bans plastic packaging for fresh vegetables
A law banning plastic packaging for large numbers of fruits and vegetables came into force in France on New Year’s Day, to end what the government has called the “aberration” of overwrapped carrots, apples and bananas, as environmental campaigners and exasperated shoppers urge other countries to do the same.
Emmanuel Macron has called the ban on plastic packaging of fresh produce “a real revolution” and said France was taking the lead globally with its law to gradually phase out all single-use plastics by 2040.
The Guardian Angelique Chrisafis 31 December 2021
Recycling agricultural plastic - John Muir Trust
Skye Climate Action has drawn attention to an initiative by the John Muir Trust looking into the recycling of agricultural plastic and the possibility of setting up a facility for this on Skye
Next Steps for Agricultural Plastics Recycling - a business opportunity on Skye by Cathryn Baillie, John Muir Trust.
The John Muir Trust began a pilot scheme to collect waste agricultural plastic from crofting tenants on Skye, the aim being to divert the waste from landfill into the recycling stream, where it could be reprocessed into useful items. Collections began in winter 2020/2021 and were limited to a small number of local crofters, including only four who regularly use silage. To date we have gathered between 1-2 tonnes of waste silage wrap and feedbags. There has been significant interest in the scheme from other crofters on the island and surrounding area, so if the project was scaled up, I anticipate that the volume of plastic waste collected could be substantial.
We are now at the stage of carbon auditing the various transport and recycling options for the plastic, but unfortunately there are no ideal scenarios at present. We would love to see the waste being reprocessed nearby and the resulting products sold locally. Planet Sutherland are in the process of setting up a reprocessing plant for waste plastics and they hope to be operational by early 2022. They would be keen to support a similar enterprise here, perhaps carrying out different but complementary services.
What we are hoping now is that someone in the Skye and Lochalsh area will see this as an opportunity to create a business. We have some insight into what would be required, and we would like to assist anyone with an interest in taking the project on. There is significant funding available at the moment for improving recycling infrastructure from Zero Waste Scotland. And our funders from the William Grant Foundation may also consider offering support to see the project continue and grow. If you would like to discuss the opportunity further, please get in touch.
Everything we buy has a carbon cost
Zero Waste Scotland Responsible Consumption Campaign
In September 2021, Zero Waste Scotland launched a new responsible consumption campaign with the message “everything we buy has a carbon cost” to encourage wider awareness of the carbon impacts of what we buy and consume and how this directly impacts climate change.
The campaign comes as only one-fifth of Scots are fully aware of the negative environmental impacts of buying new products.
Around 80% of our carbon footprint in Scotland can be directly attributed to the products, services and materials we consume. About half of these emissions are produced overseas where we import many everyday things from countries that are typically poorer and more polluting than Scotland.
As our first consumer-facing campaign focused on conscientious consumption, like all of our work, it was informed by environmental evidence and analysis.
Co-op offer soft plastic recycling
Great news! You can now recycle soft plastics like crisp packets and bread bags at a Co-op near you. It doesn’t matter where you bought them. Just pop your soft plastics into our recycling units and we’ll do the rest. It means we can all do our bit for the environment.
More information at
Co-op stores on or near the Black Isle currently offering this facility ere Fortrose and Beauly.
ILM Highland - Local specialist recycling facility
From the Planet Sutherland July 2021 newsletter
This month we're focussing on our good friends at ILM Highland. Here's their story.
ILM Highland is a local independent charity and social enterprise, providing home improvement, electrical recycling and retail services to the Highlands of Scotland. Our mission is to
- Reduce waste
- Protect the environment
- Support vulnerable people to be at home
Our home improvement services provide free support and assistance to the most vulnerable in our community, enabling them to maintain their independence. This includes our Care & Repair and Handy-person services available across Ross-shire and Sutherland. To support these services, we offer an extensive electrical recycling service – to the public and to businesses – as well as running an electrical retail shop online and from our base in Alness selling quality and affordable refurbished and new appliances. We also offer spare parts and repair services for a large number of electrical appliances through our Spares & Repairs service.
ILM has also recently installed electrical recycling containers for small electrical items across Easter Ross and Sutherland, while larger items can be dropped off at our base in Alness or at any of the Highland Council’s household waste recycling centres across the region. As a social enterprise, we reinvest every penny of profit back into our local community and our ethos remains at the core of what we do – supporting vulnerable people to be at home. For more information please visit our website at www.ilmhighland.co.uk or call us on 01349 884774. We are also on Facebook.
New Changeworks To Good to Waste Bulletin
Welcome to the Summer edition of our Too Good to Waste e-bulletin!
In this edition of our e-bulletin you’ll get a chance to give us some feedback and let us know what you love to hear about! We've also included tips on reducing waste this Summer, information about some great free online workshops as well as opportunities to get involved with zero waste initiatives.
November 2020 Highland Council waste collection
'Bulky items uplift'
Black Isle community Councils have received an email from Councillor Craig Fraser
I saw some social media discussion on fly-tipping at the Fairy Glen and other areas around Highland Region. Also I needed to get rid of an old mattress the company that is supplying the new mattress would normally take away the old one but due to Covid this service was not available. So I asked Katrina (waste manager) what the procedure is for a ‘bulky uplift’ and she kindly supplied this link to the relevant section on the Highland Council website.
I would be grateful if you could circulate this link on your websites/social media, hopefully it will make it easier for residents to request a bulky uplift.
July 2020 SCCAN's June 2020 newsletter draws attention to
Community Resources Network Scotland
CRNS is the national membership body for the community reuse and recycling sector. With over 140 members across 32 Local Authorities, as well as supporting and representing its members, CRNS is also involved in projects and programmes to support the third sector in pursuit of zero waste. Check out CRNS' new website here: www.crns.org.uk
A sample from the website
We want to see a circular economy in Scotland
The current environmental issues we face demonstrate that we need to find a new way of doing things – we need to move from a linear economy to a circular economy.
In a linear economy we take virgin materials, make them into ever increasing numbers of consumer products, use them for their useful life and then discard them into landfill.
In a circular economy we keep products in high value economic use for as long as possible. If someone is finished with a product it is reused by someone else. If a product is broken it is repaired. If a product cannot be reused, then its materials which are also valuable resources are recycled.
SCRAPbook coastal rubbish clearance project
Sarah Hartley of the Moray Firth Partnership, has emailed
I am writing to you from the Moray Firth Partnership (MFP). We are the local coastal partnership for the marine region of the Moray Firth (from Fraserburgh to Wick). Over the last couple of years we have been managing the SCRAPbook project, (Scottish Coastal Rubbish Aerial Photography) and are now bringing our focus back into the Moray Firth. We have recently consulted upon our Vision Statement, which includes the vision for marine litter:-
- The coastline of the Moray Firth is clear of historic litter, and recurring litter is routinely tackled to reduce its impact on the marine and coastal environment.
- Education has raised awareness of the issue, leading to communities taking ownership of their own area.
We are currently working on the consultation responses and are looking now to make contact with local groups, communities and individuals to feed into the development of a management strategy.
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Sarah Hartley | Partnership Manager | Moray Firth Partnership
01463 251727 | www.morayfirth-partnership.org
Keep Scotland Beautiful Waste Minimisation project
Designed pricipally for work in schools, this project / website has a lot of useful links.
Food waste reduction initiative on Arran
Among the activities of Arran Eco Savvy, an organisation with objectives similar to those of TBI on an island about the same size as the Black Isle, is a food waste reduction operation run in conjunction with the Co-op Food Share scheme set up by the retailer in 2018. Under the scheme food at its sell-by date is collected from the main island Co-op and made available free through Brodick Food Bank and four other distribution points around the island.
An atticle on the Arran Eco Savvy website says
"This is a nationwide Co-op initiative that enables local charities like ourselves to intercept surplus food before it reaches landfill. Eco Savvy has entered into this partnership with the Co-op in collaboration with Brodick Food Bank. This means that on every collection day, the foodbank has first refusal. So far, there has been far more food than they are able to distribute or preserve in the small time-frame before the use-by or best-before dates hit. . . To avoid food waste, we have created foodshare evenings to allow anyone on Arran to collect food that has imminent expiry dates."
Read more on the Eco Savvy website
Co-op press release on 2018 Food Share launch.
Milk dispensers and plastic bottles
Last November we reported on a dairy farm in Aberdeenshire which had installed a milk dispenser / vending machine to reduce the use of single use plastic bottles, and expressed the hope that our local Black Isle Dairy might consider doing the same. We are glad to report that this has now happened.
Milk dispenser up and running at Black Isle Dairy
Black Isle Dairy has recently installed a milk dispenser in its 'Honesty Shed' at Rootfield Farm, which means that their whole milk is no longer supplied in single use plastic bottles. Customers can now choose between bringing their own bottles or buying glass bottles for £2. The machine will dispense either 500ml or 1 litre, and without the expense of the plastic bottles the price has been reduced to 50p and £1 respectively. Easy to follow instructions are provided, and at the moment payment is by coins only, but a contactless card facility is also due to be installed.
Black Isle Dairy's excellent and very different yogurt and wide range of ice creams are also available in the Honesty Shed, as well as sausages and pork from Black Isle Pork along the road and eggs from Ged Eggs at Meikle Geddes.
Nick Mackenzie, who runs Black Isle Dairy, said of his decision to install the dispenser
"We decided to install the milk vending machine to allow us to cut down on single use plastic packaging and supply milk in reusable glass bottles without setting up a milk delivery service. It also allows us to provide fresh milk straight from the cows which has been pasteurised but is otherwise unaltered and have direct contact with our customers."
Nick deserves the thanks of all who are concerned about the environmental damage caused by single-use plastics for this enterprising and welcome innovation.
The Restart Project
Mike Thomas of Transition Network has drawn our attention to this organisation, which offers assistance to Transition and other community groups in setting up their own repair and reuse activities. Restart says
"Get support to run a Restart Repair Event
"We’re The Restart Project. Like you, we know the pace of our consumption has real social and environmental costs. So, we’re building a network of people who want to do something about the throwaway culture around us by helping people repair stuff.
"We help local groups like yours run community events where people teach each other how to repair their broken stuff – to help them value and use it for longer. And we use the data and stories we collect to help demand better, more sustainable products for all.
"There are people in your community who already know how to fix things – and others who want to learn. By bringing them together in a local repair event, you can have an immediate impact on waste in your area, as well as reaching out to local people who might not have come across your Transition group before.
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"The Restart Project already helps a handful of Transition groups run their own repair events and we can help you too! Whether you’d like to organise your own Repair Café or electronics-focused Restart Party, we can help you get the ball rolling with how-to guides, event-management tools and personalised advice."
Although this is not obvious from the information in this email, a visit to the Restart website at https://therestartproject.org/ makes it clear that their main focus is on the rather specialised area of repairs to electronic devices and small electrical appliances.
TBI has from time to time considered running a more general repair and reuse project. If you would be interested in helping to run such a project, or have broken stuff you would like help with repairing, please contact us at email@example.com .
- Tuesday 17 May
- 19:00 Transition summit - Resist imaginatively
- Wednesday 18 May
- 19:00 Transition summit - Create a thriving social economy
- 18:00 SCCAN 'Climate for Change' conversation
- 14:00 70th Anniversary of the Simon’s Loch Tragedy
- Thursday 19 May
- 19:00 Transition summit - Create a Regenerative and Fairer Food System
- 16:00 Carbon emissions – you, your home, your property – what can you do?
- Saturday 21 May
- 10:00 Grow North 2022 Workshop 3
- Saturday 28 May
- 10:30 BIHS Spring Plant Sale
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