Aberdeen Forward runs a number of projects aimed at helping businesses and communities in the North East to recycle and reduce waste, and protect the environment. It delivers campaigns on behalf of Zero Waste Scotland in the North East of Scotland including Love Food, Hate Waste and Recycling in conjunction with local councils. The Roots and Shoots project aims to reduce reoffending by working with ex-offenders before their release and offering short term employement on their release. Work typically includes horticultural community projects and crafts. The Shared Roots project aims to match volunteer gardeners with older or vulnerable adults with a garden they are not able to manage themselves. Aberdeen Forward also offers a range of workshops with sustainability in mind to the general public that have included sewing, upholstery and making your own candles and cosmetics.
The Acharacle Reuse Project We welcome donations of the items listed above and collection and delivery can be arranged if transport is a problem. Goods can be viewed and taken away from The Shed. As the project is run by volunteers donations are always welcome to help towards running costs
Alloa Community Enterprises (ACE) Recycling Group provides a variety of recycling services to homes and businesses throughout the Stirling area, Clackmannanshire and beyond. For businesses it offers glass, cardboard, can, paper and textile recycling, and much more. For the community it operates a number of textile, bottle, can, paper and plastic recycling banks as well as a kerbside pickup. ACE also collects good quality second hand furniture from homes which is used to provide furniture packs to individuals being re-housed from homelessness. Bedroom, lounge and dining room furniture is accepted, although soft furnishings like mattresses and suites should be fire regulation compliant. No electrical goods or smaller household goods are accepted. See website for more info and for pick up days. ACE is a Scottish Charity that operates profitable waste management businesses which provide employment, improve employability, increase environmental awareness and returns profits to support the social needs of the communities which it serves.
Community shop and education Arran Eco Savvy Community is ann environmental group working towards zero waste for Arran, we promote waste awareness at local events through local media, online and at our community shop. 2015 introduced the first of our annual high profile active zero waste Arran weeks. We also hold skill sharing events to support and encourage up-cycling events and re-use whilst also working towards implementing community green waste composting and beginning a feasibility study for a pilot food waste composting scheme. https://www.facebook.com/groups/EcoSavvy/
Aspire2Gether helps certain local authority and housing association tenants with the basic day-to-day competencies needed for a successful tenancy: for example, paying rent on time, keeping up arrears payments, decorating, gardening, literacy and other basic skills. By helping people become good tenants, Aspire2Gether benefits both those individuals and the local authority or housing association by integrating the tenants more firmly in their local community and preventing problems that could lead to homelessness further down the line. It’s currently planning a furniture recycling scheme to be up and running sometime after April 2011. This will particularly help new and temporary tenants, and those who find it difficult to afford furniture.
AVA (Aberdeenshire Voluntary Action) runs non-profit charity shops and a furniture re-use project which help fund its services to local voluntary sector groups and organisations. The Magpie Charity shop collects and sells a variety of items including clothing, toys and general bric-a-brac. The Magpie shops collect and sell second-hand, quality furniture, household goods, bikes, prams, garden furniture and bric-a-brac from sites on the Tillybrake industrial Estate, Banchory & from Blackhall Industrial Estate, Inverurie. also has a container at the Crow’s Nest Waste & Recycling Centre, Banchory where people can donate unwanted items. AVA also offers volunteering opportunities and work placements
About Barra & Vatersay Waste Management Ltd Community Recycling – working with the Local Authority CnES, it is hoped that a greater degree of recycling of the community’s waste can be undertaken on Barra. This project will initially see the development of a community recycling centre, separating waste normally deposited in community skips. It will also involve some separation of metals and plastics. In the longer term it is hoped a composting centre can be set up to recycle the islands’ organic waste.
Belhelvie Community Trust We were formed in February 2014. We are a Development trust and have applied to be a member of the Development trust Association Scotland to further our aims, learn from other trusts, develop best practice and contribute to its community of members. Click on the link to learn more about the DTA Scotland The development trust is an idea from various people n the community who have come together to explore how, through getting local groups to work together can co-ordinate and create new groups, social enterprises. Please contact: The BCT c/o Rosie Nicol.
BCCF Environmental promotes the the general principle of cutting down waste through recycling, reuse and general reduction. Over the last fourteen years it has run several schemes from composting to research projects. It’s very successful Scottish Borders Zero Waste Volunteer Scheme came to an unfortunate end when Zero Waste Scotland discontinued funding. Since 1999 it has assisted Scottish Borders communities to obtain funding from the credit generated by the payment landfill tax. Under the UK ENTRUST scheme some £1.4m has been distributed to support environmental schemes.
Bethany Christian Trust is an Edinburgh-based charity for homelessness that accepts donations of furniture, household and electrical goods. These are then passed on at reduced cost to families on low incomes through its Homemaker project, or used in its Supported Accommodation flats. Items are also sold at its many charity shops in and around Edinburgh. Donations can be dropped off directly at any of the Bethany shops or there is a free collection for larger items of furniture. Projects: Homemaker Supported Accommodation Requipit