In order to deal with the challenges of a growing global population faced with limited planetary resources, society needs to move away from the current "take-make-dispose" practices to a more cyclical, restorative approach. Our vision is of a resource-efficient Stirling where our prosperity is supported by an economy that wastes little and well being is increased without over consumption.
Stirling Council is committed to reducing its resource use, including the use of disposable plastics. Measures that are now in place include the replacement
of bottled water and plastic cups in many of our office buildings offices with filtered Zip-taps and removal of unnecessary plastic wrapping from our school meal provision.
The Scottish Government has made a commitment to become a Good Food Nation and has outlined a number of objectives for Scotland, including the ambitious target to reduce Scotland’s food waste by 33% by 2025. The recent Good Food Stirling Report, produced by Nourish Scotland and Forth Environment Link, outlines the current status of Stirling’s food system and presents ideas for the future.
In 2014, the Council became the first local authority in Scotland to secure the silver level Food for Life Catering Mark from Soil Association Scotland for its primary school meals service. The award recognises that the Council produces fresh school meals using ingredients that are seasonal, free from additives and better for animal welfare. In order to meet the silver award standard, schools must involve parents and the wider community in food education and have a cooking club where pupils get to cook and eat produce grown in the local area.
A number of the Council's partners are working on food activities. NeighbourFood Stirling provides an opportunity for consumers to pre-order a range of products, such as meat, vegetables, eggs and cheese from different local producers and conveniently collect from one central collection point. Producers receive 80% of the value of the produce, compared to only 20-50% they would receive selling through a supermarket.
Tool Library & Repair Workshops
Transition Stirling's Share and Repair project has been set up to help the local community reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill, with initiatives such as a tool library, repair cafe events, wood reuse scheme and a variety of educational workshops.