Waste and Sustainability

Things we can all do - Reduce

  • Avoid items with excess packaging,such as individually wrapped items, and choose loose products instead. Purchase items such as detergent and squash in concentrated form
  • Reduce the amount of junk mail you receive by signing up to the Mail Preference Service
  • Swap disposable items for re-usable ones.  For example swap disposable wipes for dish cloths or purchase rechargable batteries.  This will not only reduce waste but save you money in the long term too
  • In the UK we throw away 7 million tonnes of food every year, most of which could have been eaten.  You could save £60 a month and help the environment by saving energy, water and preventing harmful greenhouse gases.  Love Food Hate Waste has lots of tips, recipes and a handy free mobile app

Things we can all do - Re-use upcycled jars

  • Up-cycling!  Before you throw out items that have seen better days, consider if you can give them a new lease of life.  It's amazing what you can create with lick of paint or a remnant of fabric - you can get lots of ideas on upcycling furniture or clothing online - from upcycling blogs, Pinterest or just a Google search
  • Check out your local high street for repair and alteration services
  • Ask your local nursery or school if they collect items for arts & crafts projects 
  • Charity shops and websites such as Stirling Freecycle and Freegle are a great way to pass on unwanted items
  • Call Zero Waste Scotland's National Re-use Service free on 0800 0665 820 to arrange free collection of your re-useable items or donate online

Things we can all do - RecycleRec Point Castle

  • Recycling helps conserve important raw materials and protects natural environments for the future.  Using recycled materials in manufacturing also uses less energy than that required for new materials
  • Did you know?  Food waste in landfill gives off methane gas which is 20 times more toxic as a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide from a car
  • Waste electricals are classed as hazardous waste due to the harmful substances that can leak from them when disposed.  Recycling even small electrical such as toasters and irons not only prevents pollution but allows the valuable materials they contain to be recovered and used again
  • Visit the Recycling pages to find the full list of items that can be recycled at your address- unsure if you qualify for the weekly cardboard and food waste collection?  Check via the myBins page
  • Interested in what happens to your recycling after it is collected?  Check out the short videos on the Recycle For Scotland website to see how your items are recycled