RoWAN is funded by Zero Waste Scotland to work with volunteers to deliver waste awareness advice to the general public. Over the last 6 months since April we’ve spoken to over 2000 people about how to cut waste. Working with a small but enthusiastic band of volunteers we have attended over 50 events. These have been throughout the Highlands from Thurso to Ullapool and Tain to Newtownmore, although with a greater focus on the larger towns of Inverness and Nairn.
By visiting schools, businesses and community groups we have been able to help people with practical advice on how to reduce food waste, make the most of recycling facilities or begin composting. We have had stalls at a diverse range of events such as the Caithness Show, Nairn Allotments Open Day, the Newtonmore Games, Tartan heart festival and the Highland and Moray Food and Drink Fair. We’ve also given talks and run workshops with a range of groups and talked to hundreds of school children.
Our highly valued volunteers enable us to spread the word further than would be possible otherwise. We have a strong commitment to keeping them informed through regular newsletters and training opportunities. One such training day was a visit to Munro’s near Evanton, where most of Highland’s blue bin recyclate goes to get sorted (mainly by hand) before being baled up and sent south. We were also shown their in-vessel composter where they process business food waste. It was an eye opener for all of us to see how the recyclate was handled and the volumes involved. We then visited Blythswood in Evanton to find out more about their work, before joining a pot luck picnic at the Loch na Moid Community Garden near Muir of Ord, which with Transition Black Isle, was hosting a Blasda event, celebrating local food. Read more