Lothian & Borders: Introduction
Waste Strategy Area consists of five Local Authority Areas - East Lothian,
Midlothian, West Lothian, Edinburgh and the Scottish Borders.
2002/2003, a total of 28,341 tonnes* of household waste was recycled in the Lothian and
St Michael’s Church Guild, Linlithgow
On Monday 7th February, Laura and Vicky from the SWAG team visited the members of St Michael’s Church Guild in Linlithgow. Many people at the meeting were keen recyclers and have been using the three bin kerbside recycling scheme for over 18 months. Vicky gave a presentation to explain more about what happens to the materials after they are collected and why some materials cannot be recycled on the scheme. The Guild had lots of interesting questions and found the talk useful in reminding them how to use the three bin scheme. They also thought about different ways that they could Reduce and Reuse their waste at home.
Bellsquarry Community Council, West Lothian
Vicky and David from the SWAG team went along to a meeting of Bellsquarry Community Council on 6th December. They gave a presentation about recycling in West Lothian and took questions on how to use the three bin kerbside recycling scheme. The Community Council raised some interesting points and hopefully will be able to share some of their new knowledge with other residents of Bellsquarry.
St Nicholas RC Primary School, Broxburn
On 24th November, Laura and Vicky from the SWAG team visited St Nicholas Primary School in Broxburn to run the Wastebusters Challenge. The pupils in Primary 5/6 already knew lots about Reduce, Reuse and Recycle, but they also learned some new facts from the quiz. All of the teams were quick in the next part of the challenge and separated all of the waste materials correctly. Everyone enjoyed taking part and got a recycled pencil case and pencil for their great efforts.
Whitburn Academy and Linlithgow Young Women’s Group Presentations, West Lothian
On Wednesday 27th October, Vicky Armour and Sarah Lee from the SWAG team visited Whitburn Academy to talk to their sixth year about recycling in West Lothian. They also told the students about the aims and activities of the Waste Aware Scotland campaign. The students are hosting various speakers over the coming months to help them think about different sectors that they might want to work in after leaving school. Both the students and teachers enjoyed the presentation and it has made them think about how they could start a recycling collection in Whitburn Academy. Vicky later visited Linlithgow Young Women’s Group with Laura Smith from SWAG. The group discussed the three bin kerbside recycling scheme and the presentation helped to refresh their memories about what materials are accepted in each bin. It was great to hear some feedback on the scheme and both of the groups are doing really well with recycling their household and garden waste at home.
Master Composter Launch
On 28th of September, Amanda Ingram from the SWAG team attended the launch of Master Composter in Edinburgh. The new scheme to help Edinburgh residents make good compost in their own gardens was launched today in the City Chambers.
Run by the Lothian and Edinburgh Environmental Partnership (LEEP), the Master Composter project recruits volunteers from across the City, who then receive training in effective home composting. Following the training, these volunteers promote composting within their own communities and provide a friendly and local source of advice for new composters.
Whitburn SWRI Presentation
On the 2nd of September 2004, Vicky Armour and David Gunn from the SWAG team held a presentation at a Whitburn Scottish Women's Rural Institute (SWRI) meeting. They discussed the three bin scheme operating in West Lothian and a recent visit to Eden Waste Recycling in Broxburn, showing photographs. The Whitburn SWRI responded very positively.
Further presentations will be taking place at the Linlithgow Young Women's Group on the 27th of October 2004 and the Linlithgow Women's Guild on the 7th of February 2005.
Vogrie Festival in Vogrie Country Park, Midlothian
On the 15th of August 2004, Vicky Armour and Amanda Ingram from the SWAG team went along to the Vogrie Festival in Vogrie Country Park, Midlothian. The festival was a family day with a funfair and a 'Countryside Zone' featuring Waste Aware Scotland along with other environmental groups such as the Lothian Bat Group and Butterfly World.
*Figure based on 2002/2003 Local Authority Waste Arisings Survey