Past Projects


R U up 4 It? – a teenage led food waste reduction project.

RoWAN is one of 43 groups across Scotland to have been awarded funding for the next three years by the Scottish Government under the Climate Challenge Fund (CCF) for their `R U up 4 it?` food waste reduction project.

The `R U up 4 it?` project is part of the first successful intake of applications for the Junior Climate Challenge Fund, which aims to allocate funds to projects that are run by young people.


The CCF helps communities reduce their carbon footprints and contribute to Scotland reaching its ambitious climate change target of reducing carbon emissions by 80 per cent by 2050.


In Scotland we throw out 570,000 tonnes of food and drink every year, and around a third of this could have been eaten. Stopping this waste of good food would reduce greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to taking 1 in 4 cars off the road. Food waste also has an impact on the family and schools budget - an important issue in these difficult financial times.


R U up 4 it?` will challenge teenagers to make a `real difference` within their communities and will work with Dingwall Academy and Charleston Academy along with their feeder Primary schools, Mulbuie, Ferintosh, Tarradale, Ben Wyvis, Muirtown, Kinmylies and Dochgarroch.


The project will support communities to reduce their carbon footprint and will work with families and schools to encourage them to waste less food, buy more local and seasonal produce, grow their own fruit and vegetables, cook from scratch at home more often and buy food with low packaging.


The project also aims to increase the number of households who compost their uncooked food waste and will trial cooked food composting systems in schools.


A range of courses and events will form an important part of the project, including cookery sessions for children and teenagers, vegetable growing for beginners, and composting sessions.


Norman Houston, RoWAN Project Manager, said "Our aim is to help people cut their waste. The Climate Challenge Fund has given us an excellent opportunity to engage with young people and enable them to make a real difference within their communities regards the issues surrounding food waste. Through `R U up 4 it?`, people will have the chance to reduce their carbon footprint, save money, learn new skills, take part in lots of events - and to have fun in the process!". 

'Eat it!'


`Eat it!` was a one year school and community food waste reduction project which ran from April 2011 to March 2012 and was supported by the Climate Challenge Fund. The aim of the project was:


`To reduce the carbon emissions of families and schools in the Beauly and Strathpeffer communities by helping them to reduce their food waste.`


The project worked closely with local families and 8 Primary schools; Beauly, Kirkhill, Tomnacross, Teanassie, Strathpeffer, Strathgarve, Marybank and Strathconon to raise awareness of the environmental issues around food and to promote positive, sustainable behaviour change that would result in significant carbon reductions in the households and schools.

Key issues that the project addressed included food waste, excess packaging, food miles, composting and growing at home. The project also encouraged reduction of energy and car usage related to shopping, cooking and storage of food.

Key outcomes during the project:

• Estimated 32,500 people made aware of the project and its objectives through media coverage, attendance at community markets and gala days, circulation of fliers and information to households.

• 1786 people directly involved in the project through delivery of training sessions (41) and work with eco schools groups. Activities included, waste audits, composting, food growing and food waste reduction workshops.

• 7,488 shopping miles reduced through pledging campaign.

• 36 new households taken up food growing

• 6 small school orchards created.

• 60 new households introduced to composting and provided with a compost bin.

• 11,305 tonnes of waste diverted from landfill.

• 28.4 tonnes CO2e emissions reduced by the project’s activities.

• Lifetime savings of 284 tonnes CO2e emissions as a legacy of the project’s activities.


Towards Zero Waste Communities Project

Between October 2008 and March 2011, RoWAN secured Scottish Government’s INCREASE III funding for a “Towards Zero Waste Communities Project” to expand our successful waste awareness work in Ross-shire.

Working with Alness, Dingwall, Inverness, Invergordon, Tain and Ullapool communties, RoWAN focused on activities to encourage more householders, schools and businesses to take on board the “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” message. Using pledging as a tool to aid behaviour change become an important focus and research aspect of this project.

See final reports on use of pledging to encourage people to take action and on the use waste audits in schools.

Master Composter Project

RoWAN gained funding from WRAP Scotland (now Zero Waste Scotland) in September 2008 for the Master Composter Project, part of a national programme to support home composting and volunteering. The project recruited and supported a network of trained Master Composter volunteers across Ross and Cromarty, and promoted home composting at a series of community events. From September 2009 the network of volunteers was expanded to include Inverness City.

See report for Sept 2008 to March 2011.

Waste Free Household

In November 2002, RoWAN's Waste Free Households project was launched with the support of external funding. The project objective was to provide structured support to 100 volunteer households in a deliberate attempt to become as close to waste-free as possible, using the existing infrastructure.

Waste Free RCV

Building on the success of the Waste-Free Households project, RoWAN undertook a second major venture - its Waste-Free RCV project. Based on the priniciples of the Waste-Free Households project, RoWAN worked closely with The Highland Council to offer a package of support to a much larger group of households in Ross-shire. The group represented the population as a whole and was not self-selecting volunteers. This project aimed to help to achieve the targets set by the Highland Area and National Waste Plans in recycling, composting and landfill for the next 2-5 years.