Highland Community Waste Partnership starts on Skye

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by Fiona Gallie

I have recently taken up the post of Community Waste Officer at Broadford & Strath Community Company for the Highland Community Waste Partnership (HCWP). This is a new programme funded by The National Lottery Community Fund and coordinated by environmental charity Keep Scotland Beautiful, in partnership with eight local implementing partners in the Highlands, including BSCC. The project will run for three years and build a collaboration across implementing partners and beyond, aiming to reduce consumption and waste emissions across the Highlands and build a movement towards more sustainable consumption, consistent with a Net Zero future. It will focus on key issues such as reducing food waste, tackling single use items, and increasing the use of pre-loved, repaired and shared goods. The programme includes the whole of Skye & Raasay, not just Broadford & Strath. The other seven partners across the Highlands are:

  • The Lochaber Environment Group (Fort William)
  • Ullapool Community Trust
  • Thurso Community Development Trust
  • Lairg Learning Centre
  • Transition Black Isle
  • The Highland Good Food Partnership (Highland-wide)
  • Velocity (Inverness)

I will be keeping Skye Climate Action updated monthly on the project as it evolves but so far some of what I have been looking into include how to reduce cardboard waste on the island, community composting and repair/reuse workshops/events in connection with helping promote Becky and Paul Smith’s Waste Not Wednesday events. As well as this I hope to organise climate-based film nights and climate cafés.

The Highland Climate Festival will also be taking place at the end of this month (June 25th – July 3rd). Skye Climate Action and the HCWP will be taking part in this so keep an eye on both the Broadford & Strath Community Company Facebook page and SCA’s Facebook group for more details.

I am also keen to hear from people within the community about their views on waste and how they think this project could help and support individuals and businesses reduce waste across the island. You can contact me on fiona@broadfordandstrath.org.

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