Dunbar set to be Scotland’s first zero waste town

Landfill site near Dunbar. Picture: Rob McDougall
Landfill site near Dunbar. Picture: Rob McDougall

Dunbar has been selected to become the first ‘zero waste’ town in Scotland thanks to the efforts of residents and the business community.

The town was selected for the experimental project following submissions to the Scottish Government and Zero Waste Scotland from across the country after an open call for interested communities in 2013.

Enivornment Minister Richard Lochhead visited Dunbar last week to congratulate everyone involved.

“It’s fantastic that Dunbar has set an example and become Scotland’s first ever zero waste town, demonstrating the community’s firm commitment to making real progress in resource management at a local level,” said Mr Lochhead.

“This programme will help the town recycle more, send less to landfill and use our precious resources more efficiently. I wish everyone involved in this initiative the best of luck and hope it will create valuable experiences that other communities around Scotland can benefit from as we strive to make Scotland a zero waste country.”

Community-led initiatives include opening a facility to help make re-using goods easier; helping households waste less food and use food waste recycling collections; educational programmes with local schools; schemes to reduce litter such as on-street “recycle on the go” bins which fit in with the towns’ landscapes.

Brian Grindley, chairman of Sustaining Dunbar, said: “Sustaining Dunbar are delighted that Dunbar has been chosen to be Scotland’s first Zero Waste Town.

“We have already spoken to a wide range of organisations, businesses and individuals throughout the community and received a hugely positive response to this project.”