01 September 2015
Make things last



Orkney ZeroWaste joins mission to #MakeThingsLast in Orkney!

Zero Waste Scotland has selected Orkney ZeroWaste as one of 15 organisations across the country to promote recycling, re-use and repair, and to help tackle food waste.

The organisation answered the call from Zero Waste Scotland earlier this year for local groups to help end our throwaway society.  Orkney ZeroWaste (OZ) will now help to coordinate volunteer groups in the Orkney Islands, engaging with members of the public to pass on information and tips to help reduce waste.

OZ holds regular re-use events around the county and its re-use site SteptOZe Yard is open three days a week in Stromness. We are always interested in hearing from likeminded folks who’ve some time to come and help by volunteering here. Or if you’d rather help at our regular local events get in touch, we’ll be at the Orkney International Science Festival Family Day 10-4pm this coming Saturday, East Church Halls, Kirkwall.

This comes in the wake of the Scottish-Government backed #MakeThingsLast campaign which highlighted ways Scotland cans move towards a circular economy, where we keep things in  high value use for as long as possible and waste nothing. 

Richard Lochhead, Cabinet Secretary for the Environment said:

“I recently launched the Scottish Government’s consultation on steps we can take to create a more circular economy and I’m delighted that more organisations are working towards that too.

“We want the sale and use of second hand goods to be seen as an attractive, mainstream, good value option for an increasing range of products. We want reuse businesses and community organisations to thrive, on the back of a growing reputation for quality and value for money for their goods.

“We also want to empower Scotland’s repair sector to grow. For an increasing range of items, we want repair to be the first choice when they develop a fault on the basis of quality, reliability and value.”

Iain Gulland, Chief Executive, Zero Waste Scotland said:

“I’m delighted to announce that Orkney ZeroWaste will be helping to spread the zero waste message in Orkney.

“We know that getting the message out to communities through trusted, local organisations, is really valuable in helping to behaviour and protect our environment.  We want as many people as possible to join this volunteer movement to help reduce food waste, which costs the average family hundreds of pounds a year, and to pass on and learn skills that mean people can repair and re-use more everyday items.”

‘‘OZ is delighted to be one of the 15 groups selected and is committed to spreading the #make things last message in Orkney, we’re very excited as it helps us to promote re-use in the isles. Orcadians are canny folks, they’re pretty good at this already so we’re really going to make a good effort to try and promote it all.’’ states Andrew Bowman, one of the VCAP Co-ordinators for OZ in Orkney. If you’ve time to help us with this work please get in touch with us through the contact sheet on our website or at one of our events, or even pop by SteptOZe Yard!


Editors notes

Orkney ZeroWaste, contact Andrew Bowman ozcompost@yahoo.co.uk or Fay McKenzie manager.orkneyzerowaste@gmail.com


Zero Waste Scotland is funded by the Scottish Government to support the delivery of its Zero Waste Plan and other low carbon and resource efficiency policy priorities.


Zero Waste Scotland is helping Scotland to become more efficient in its use of resources. We are supporting progress towards Scotland’s ambitious zero waste targets and enabling Scottish society to reap the benefits of more efficient use of resources. 

More information on all Zero Waste Scotland’s programmes can be found at www.zerowastescotland.org.uk . You can also keep up to date with the latest from Zero Waste Scotland though via our social media channels - Twitter | Facebook | Google Plus | LinkedIn
The 15 projects that are supported through this programme include the following that work in a range of locations:

Community Food Initiatives North East (CFINE) – working in six communities in Aberdeen City and two communities in Aberdeenshire council areas
Changeworks – working in a targeted area of Edinburgh city as well as work with students from a range of universities and colleges across Edinburgh, Midlothian and West Lothian
Earthtime – working in communities both in Aberdeenshire and Moray Council areas
East Dunbartonshire Voluntary Action  - working within five community areas within East Dunbartonshire
Falkland Stewardship Trust – working within five community areas across Fife Council area.
Forth Environment Link – working with communities of interest within the Forth Valley. 
Glasgow School of Art – working specifically with the creative and cultural student community within Glasgow.
InspirAlba – working within four communities within Argyll and Bute
Kibble – working within four areas within Renfrewshire
Lochaber Environmental Group – working with six communities in the Lochaber area of the Highlands.
Orkney Zerowaste – working with the communities of the Orkney Islands.
Perth and Kinross Council – working with a number of communities across Highland Perthshire.
Ross-shire Waste Action Network (RoWAN) – working with communities across eight areas of Highland Council.
Transform Community Development – working with community areas within Angus, Dundee and Perth and Kinross.
The Wise Group – working with communities within Glasgow.

For media enquiries about Zero Waste Scotland, contact:

Chloe Bellany, PR Officer
e: chloe.bellany@zerowastescotland.org.uk
t: 01786 239764
m: 07540 517127

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