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Community urged to ‘get involved’ as organisers countdown to Comrie Zero Waste Fortnight

As the countdown to Comrie’s Zero Waste Fortnight, set to take place between the 15th and 29th September, is now underway, the community is being urged by its organisers to make the most of opportunities to learn more about how they can reduce waste and recycle more by getting involved with their events.   

30 Aug 11

Staff from Perth & Kinross Council and Zero Waste Scotland, together with staff and volunteers from Comrie Development Trust will be launching the Zero Waste Fortnight on Wednesday 14 September in the White Church.   To mark the start of the Fortnight, the Zero Waste Fortnight Team is challenging the community to bring along the most unusual item that they don’t know how to recycle. 

For those interested in turning waste into fashion, a talent known as ‘up-cycling,’ free workshops will take place on Saturday 10th at the W.R.I Hall from  10 am to 1 pm, on Saturday 17th from 2 pm to 5 pm, and on Saturday 24th from 10.30 am to 1.30 pm 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 5.30 pm in the White Church. 

Comrie’s Zero Waste Fortnight is run by Comrie Development Trust, with support from Perth & Kinross Council and Zero Waste Scotland. 

This will be the third year in a row that Comrie has held a Zero Waste Fortnight, with both previous years seeing a significant reduction in the amount of general waste collected from Comrie during the fortnight. 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.

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 aim through this year’s events  to promote these important messages in an informative, creative, and fun way, and we really hope that the community will get involved and help make Comrie’s third Zero Waste Fortnight  another great success.

“On 14 September, we hope that householders will drop into the White Church to find out the answers to tricky waste reduction and recycling questions, bringing along unwanted items to find out how to dispose of them responsibly or prevent waste in the first place.

“We have sent information out to local organisations and businesses about the Zero Waste Fortnight and all we need now are for members of the community to come forward and attend the free workshops hosted by re:make and create some fantastic ‘up-cycled’ outfits.  For more information please contact me on emargrett@comrie.org.uk or 01764 670 769.”

Perth & Kinross Council’s Environment Convener, Councillor Alan Grant commented: “The Zero Waste Fortnight initiative has been embraced warmly by the community in Comrie. Simple steps to cut down on how much waste we produce, increase recycling and reuse unwanted items can make all the difference. The reduction in waste going to landfill from the village is clear evidence that residents have got behind these events and I hope this year’s Zero Waste Fortnight will again be a resounding success!”

Ylva Haglund, Zero Waste Scotland’s Regional Partnership Manager for East Scotland, said:  “Comrie Zero Waste Fortnight is an excellent event.  The Trust and their many volunteers are dedicated to promoting our aim to work towards a zero waste society at a local level, providing people with a great opportunity to seek advice on how to reduce their waste, make an extra effort to recycle a little more, and have fun.

“Making our aims for a Zero Waste Scotland relevant to local communities is vital to our success, and we are delighted to support Comrie’s efforts.”

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 look out for the event posters in and around Comrie or visit www.comriedevelopmenttrust.org.uk.

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