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Talks and workshops

Waste Education Service for Schools
This service delivers a range of workshops and presentations for schools that are curriculum-linked, informative and fun. Visit the education mini-site for activities and fascinating waste facts or to find out more about Zero Waste Heroes, Mr Silly Sausage and Continuous Professional Development programmes for teachers. For more information contact Changeworks:
T: 0131 555 4010

Edinburgh Waste Education Programme

Education Cabin

Book a visit to this free, interactive visitor centre. This resource centre is the perfect place to learn about the journey that waste goes on, and what we can do to reduce, reuse and recycle. Visits include a talk and a tour of the Seafield Community Recycling Centre, Ideal for schools, youth groups, adult community groups, families and friends. Group size: 8-15 people.
Opening hours: April-September, 10am-9pm Monday to Friday and 10am-4pm Saturdays; September-March 10am-4pm Monday to Saturday.

Recycling Advice Visit

Recycling Advisory Officers are available to offer practical recycling advice to residents, and can help to encourage your community to recycle by visiting residents at home to provide free information and updates.

Education Loan Boxes
The resources provide flexibility for you to organise your teaching so pupils gain valuable experiences, establishing an awareness of waste issues and broader understanding of waste related themes. There are currently three loan boxes available to Schools: composting, make waste history and reduce reuse recycle. Delivery and collection of the Loan Boxes will be organised from: Education Services, CEC, Darroch Centre , 7 Gillespie Street, Edinburgh, EH3 9NH, T: 0131 469 2960, E:

Midlothian Waste Education Programme

The Let's Recycle team visits schools and community groups to deliver a variety of workshops and presentations. These can be tailored to suit any age group, and are fun, informative and free. Focusing on the three Rs (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) this programme links into the Curriculum for Excellence. For information, to book a visit or borrow some resources contact:
Midlothian Waste Education Programme, T: 0131 561 5360/5399, E:

West Lothian Waste Education Programme

The Waste Strategy Team provides support to schools and community groups with a range of informative and fun recycling and waste minimisation materials linked to the Curriculum for Excellence. The Waste Education Team also deliver teachers' workshops as part of the CPD programme. Teachers can book materials from the waste education resource kit and small school groups can also arrange for a site visit to one of our Community Recycling Centres. To find out about the Waste Aware West Lothian campaign and the progress towards national recycling and composting targets contact:
Waste Lothian Strategy Team
T: 01506 775 000


The Waste Action Grant Programme has successfully funded over fifty waste projects across the City supporting local waste action and working towards changing public attitudes and behaviour towards waste in Edinburgh.

This grant programme can help to develop and support waste related community initiatives across Edinburgh and inspire the residents of Edinburgh to use the Council's recycling services and find ways to reduce, reuse and recycle their waste.

You can apply for smaller grants of £50-£200 or larger grants of £500-£2500. The applications are open to Edinburgh residents, schools, church groups and constituted community groups for community initiatives that seek to reduce, reuse and recycle waste in local projects. For information contact:
City of Edinburgh Council Education Officer
T: 0131 469 5070


Volunteer opportunities

If you have some spare time you may like to volunteer in a charity shop or reuse project. See CHARITY SHOPS.

Become a Zero Waste Scotland volunteer. Help spread the word about recycling and reducing food waste in certain areas within Edinburgh, Midlothian and West Lothian. Training provided. Contact the Zero Waste Scotland Project Officer at Changeworks for more information:

T: 0131 555 4010

The Heat Heroes project is currently looking to recruit volunteers in the Edinburgh area.Volunteers will be trained on how to give energy efficiency advice in the home, including how to get the best from heating systems and referring to grants for insulation and other measures. Through home visits to clients aged 65+. Contact the  Affordable Warmth Advisor at Changeworks for further information.

T: 0131 555 4010

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