The Zero Waste Volunteer Scheme is a volunteer run project for Forth Valley. The project aims to recruit and train volunteers on waste prevention campaigns. These volunteers will then use this training and knowledge to promote waste prevention in their communities and throughout the whole of Forth Valley.
Zero Waste Campaigns
The campaigns that are being promoted include:
- Home Composting
- Love Food Hate Waste
- Stop the drop
- Recycle For Scotland
Have a look at the "What Can I Do Today" Booklet for more information.
Composting at home is a great way to dispose of your kitchen and garden waste. Your kitchen and garden waste breaks down to produce compost to help your garden grow.
- It reduces waste sent to landfill
- It saves money by avoiding having to buy compost
- It provides a free soil conditioner and helps soil retain moisture
- It improves plant health and growth - and can increase yields of fruit, vegetables, flowers and herbs
Check out our “How to Compost” Leaflet.
Also check out www.zerowastescotland.org.uk for more information.
Love Food Hate Waste
- Over £1 billion worth of food is wasted by consumers in Scotland each year. That's an average of £430 per household.
- Scottish households throw away 566,000 tonnes of food every year
- Two thirds of all food waste could have been eaten
- Half of the good food thrown away is untouched, with one in seven items still in their packaging
- At least £18 million worth of food thrown out is still in date
- If we stopped wasting all this food, we could prevent the equivalent of 1.7 million tonnes of carbon dioxide each year in Scotland. This is the same as taking 1 in 4 cars off the road.
For information on reducing your food waste, including advice and recipes from some of Scotland's top chefs and food writers please visit www.lovefoodhatewaste.com
Stop the Drop
Many people don't have a problem with direct mail. However, some of it is poorly targeted, irrelevant and thrown straight in the bin.
To help reduce the amount of unwanted mail you receive and benefit the environment at the same time, there are five easy ways that you can take:
- Write to sender.
- Register with the Mailing Preference Service.
- Register with Your Choice Service and Opt out of the Royal Mail door to door service.
- Opt out of the edited version of the Electoral register.
- Use online services.
For more information have a look at our A6 Stop the Drop leaflet or visit www.stop-the-drop.org.uk
Recycle For Scotland
Materials like cans, glass, paper and textiles are valuable resources that can be used to make new products.
Recycling items is a good thing to do because it:
- Saves the Earth's natural resources
- Saves energy and reduces the risk of climate change
- Reduces the need for landfill
Ways you can recycle your waste:
- Recycling Centres & Points – There are a number of council run recycling centres and points, as well as charity donation banks and drop-off points for items such as mobile phones and ink cartridges in all local authority areas in Scotland
- Kerbside Recycling Schemes - Over 80% of Scottish households now have access to a kerbside recycling scheme. To find out more information on the schemes operating within your local area please click here
- Bulky Uplift – Each local authority provides a service for uplifting bulky household items such as furniture, fridges and washing machines. Uplifts can be requested by telephone or at your local office, and may involve a charge. Some council's will pass on good quality items to charities so they can be reused
More information about Waste Prevention, recycling, reusing and reducing please visit www.zerowastescotland.org.uk
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