Changeworks and our team of volunteers worked with residents, community groups, schools and businesses in Leith to inspire and enable them to create a ‘clean and vibrant place where nothing is wasted’. Zero Waste Leith built on activities already happening in the area to help the community reduce litter, flytipping and food waste, and inspire more recycling, repair and reuse. Plans to achieve these aims were developed following consultation with the community in March 2017.
While the original project came to an end in July 2020, some of its activities continue.
The project developed a Leith Reuse Map where residents could find out where to reuse, repair or recycle household items. This has now been extended, through additional funding from the City of Edinburgh Council, to the Edinburgh Reuse Map and covers the entire city. Zero Waste Leith created a network with other Leith businesses looking to improve their environmental impact through a Business Charter, and gave access to expert advice on locally supporting our fragile environment at Zero Waste Leith Facebook page.
The original Zero Waste Leith project was a Changeworks project funded by Zero Waste Scotland, Changeworks and the European Regional Development Fund until July 2020. It aimed to create a long lasting legacy of zero waste in Leith and to develop approaches that will help other parts of Scotland achieve Scotland’s Zero Waste Plan.