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New funding for zero waste community projects

Climate Challenge Funding of up to £150,000 available to lead communities towards zero waste

Could you help your community cut food waste, recycle to the max, keep things in use for longer, and get sharing, repairing and upcycling?

Zero Waste Scotland is working closely with the Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund to support communities to take forward projects that move Scotland towards zero waste.

The fund can award grants of up to £150,000 a year to eligible community organisations to deliver projects that help to reduce carbon emissions.  Keep Scotland Beautiful manages the Climate Challenge Fund on behalf of the Scottish Government and is supporting community led organisations to develop and implement Climate Challenge Fund projects.  For more information, please visit www.keepscotlandbeautiful.org/ccf

The fund is open now and Zero Waste Scotland is encouraging communities to submit expressions of interest by the deadline of 28th October 2016.

Details on how to apply can be found here - http://www.keepscotlandbeautiful.org/ccfhowtoapply
Our campaigns and resources are designed to be picked up and used by communities – you could incorporate any of these into your project:

Tackle Food Waste

Around a third of all food produced ends up wasted, which has an enormous impact on the planet, but with 50% of this waste occurring in our homes, there’s plenty that communities can do to tackle this. Browse our Love Food Hate Waste resources, which are free for community groups to use, to get inspiration and ideas for how you could change behaviour in your community. Why not check out our Save More pack, online marketing resources and find a host of tools and recipes on our website.

Get Sharing and Repairing

There’s now a growing movement building across the UK to revive the culture of repairing things to make them last longer, that has fallen away as products became seen as more disposable. Some communities are even starting to look beyond ownership of rarely used items by creating sharing libraries for things like tools and household items. Download our Repair and Sharing toolkit to get ideas that you could adapt for your community.

Join the Re-use Revolution

Huge volumes of re-usable items go needlessly to landfill every year. Help your community to make things last by running a re-use project. We have a range of resources to help plan and promote workshops and events as part of your engagement activities. Browse our list of workshop ideas for re-use, which cover a huge range of activities including simple clothing repairs, upcycling projects, hiring options, tips on passing on stuff you’ve finished with and more. To find ‘how-to’ guides for running a variety of re-use events, such as swishes and swap shops visit the Pass it on Week website. For a host of resources about keeping clothes in use for longer go to www.loveyourclothes.org.uk

Recycle for Scotland

Recycling is a vital part of any community waste project – no matter how ambitious your project, it’s important to be getting the basics right too. There’s a huge range of materials online to support community groups to promote recycling – visit www.recycleforscotland.com and our partners website for materials to download, including schools resources and communications toolkits.

Training and support available

Zero Waste Scotland offers cascade training for Love Food Hate Waste, Love Your Clothes and Re-use. The training is designed to give anyone a working knowledge of the topic area in just one day, so they can act as an advocate for the issue and influence others. Training can be provided regionally – contact us to find out about upcoming courses.


For more information on any aspect of applying to the Climate Challenge Fund and for support in developing a climate action project please contact ccfenquiries@keepscotlandbeautiful.org or call 01786 468779.

For more information on any of Zero Waste Scotland’s campaigns, resources and training please contact andrew.pankhurst@zerowastescotland.org

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