Finding new homes for pre-owned bikes, running community gardening schemes and recycling food waste are among the many activities of Dumbarton Road Corridor Environment Trust (DRCET).
This community project is currently celebrating its tenth anniversary – as is Community Resources Network Scotland -which represents hundreds of environmental organisations across the country.
The organisation is dedicated to local community projects and community activism – which takes many different forms.
Project manager Neil Lovelock says: “We are a small environmental charity based in the west of Glasgow. We were set up in 2004 – so we are also celebrating our tenth year.”
“We have quite a range of activities and services. We have a bike recycling project, we look after community spaces, such as gardens. We have a food waste recycling project and a bike powered generator.
“We also encourage people to use more local shops and support local organisations.”
The Dumbarton Road Corridor Environment Trust also runs advocacy services and provides information and practical advice about recycling to local groups.
One of its most successful projects is a compost creation scheme which has run for the last four years at Glasgow Clyde College, Anniesland Campus. Food waste is collected from the college, processed using an in-vessel composter and then eight weeks later is transformed into compost which is used by horticultural students at the college.
Mr Lovelock said all the activities of the organisation were based on environmental principles and aimed at encouraging people to reduce the amount of waste.
As part of Choose to Reuse week Dumbarton Road Corridor Environment Trust’s bike recycling project De’ils On Wheels will be holding some pop-up shops in Whiteinch and Scotstoun – which offer recycled bikes for sale at reasonable prices.
He said: “We restore and recycle bikes so people are not just throwing things away or not using them.
“The idea is to make the best use of the resources we have. People who throw things away are not just throwing money away they are also throwing away things that can be used by other people.
“It is about looking at something as a resource, rather than as waste.
“Community Resources Network Scotland helps us by giving us a voice and a presence at a national level.”
Mary McLuskey, Chief Executive of CRNS said the Dumbarton Road Corridor Environment Trust was a great example of how an organisation could really engage with a local community. She said it showed how important it was to actively create ways for people to become involved.
“Without doubt there are campaigns galore telling people to reuse, repair and recycle. They tell but they don’t engage. We want to make it different. Choose To Reuse Week, in partnership with our membership organisations, is aimed at engaging with the community and asking people (not telling them) to reuse, repair and recycle.
“All the activities highlighted during this week are designed not just to highlight the work of our member organisations but also to create a call to action.
“Our vision is to create a world where there is no waste but only resources.”