We were approached by City of Edinburgh Council to engage with householders to improve recycling rates and reduce the amount of domestic waste to landfill.

We developed a multi-faceted approach which includes:

  • ‘Reduce, Reuse, Recycle’ workshops that give participants practical ideas and information about how they could reduce their household waste
  • Tours of the Waste Education Cabin at Seafield Recycling Centre where groups of all ages learn about waste and see a working recycling centre in action
  • Waste Information Service which answers waste-related enquiries and attends community events such as Leith Gala and Mela.
  • Our Too Good To Waste Guide and Edinburgh Charity Shop and Reuse Map, available online

 

Householder reach

In 2012−13 we engaged with 2,900 people, on topics ranging from food waste reduction to reuse and repair, composting and recycling. Over the course of 2013−14 the figures went up to over 3,500.

We continue to deliver the Waste Free Edinburgh programme.

Positive feedback

"The Waste Education Cabin really put the pupils’ prior learning into a real life context."

Waste Education Cabin visitor

“It was a small query but the response time was excellent … they gave me some great alternatives and suggested who to contact to take forward my query.”

Waste Information Service user

“The facts and figures make you think about what you do.”

Workshop participant