Help for Businesses

Resource Efficient Scotland is a new Scottish Government-funded programme to help businesses and the public and third sectors save money by using resources more efficiently.

 It will provide advice and support on energy, water, waste and raw materials.

 It will replace existing Scottish Government support for businesses and the public sector provided by Carbon Trust, Energy Saving Trust and ZWS. Read more

Ross-shire Families Rise to the Challenge!

3 local families recently rose to the “Love Food Hate Waste” challenge organised by RoWAN. Meeting over three Thursday evenings the purpose of the challenge was to help people reduce their food waste and thereby to save money. The sessions included hands on cooking demonstrations by cookery tutor, Maureen Cusick, as well as activities and discussion. Read more

RoWAN help at Highland Council's Schools Litter Campaign

RoWAN volunteers and staff help at Highland Council's Schools Litter Campaign (SCOPE)  Alness academy, Inverness Royal Academy, Dingwall, Millburn and Nairn Academies and Glenurquhar Read more

R U Up 4 It Schools Newsletter

Download this latest newsletter to find out how RoWAN can help staff in 'R U Up 4 It' schools over the coming term with some ideas that you might like to incorporate into classes or group work at your school.

R U Up 4 It - the first 6 months


Since starting in April 2012, the 3 year Climate Challenge funded project has been working with 10 schools and their communities to help and support them to reduce their food waste. Read more

RoWAN’s Zero Waste Volunteer Project so far……..

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

Green Homes Open Day

Green Homes Open Day

Energy saving trust Scotland is holding a Green Homes Open Day on 29 September at various locations throughout Scotland, to encourage as many people as possible to visit a green home in their area. The day will involve green homeowners across the country opening their doors to interested members of the public. The Highland event will have 10 open homes around the Inverness area, and there will an information event at Eden Court in Inverness where installers and Energy Saving Scotland advisors will be on hand to help visitors find out more about renewable energy. RoWAN will also be there to provide advice on how to cut waste.


Where & When

Sat, 29/09/2012 - 3:00pm

RoWAN Volunteers Dress for Belladrum

RoWAN Zero Waste volunteers, Catrina and Faron, dressed in stylish reused plastic bag dresses and accessories, to offer advice on how to cut waste at the Tartan Heart festival, Belladrum.

Many people had a go at entering our 'reduce waste' quiz and prize draw and they also pledged to cut waste. In particular, many said that they would try to reduce food waste by buying less, storing more carefully, using leftovers and remembering to use what's in the fridge or freezer before it goes off or past its use by date.

Waste Warrior visits Thurso

Waste Warrior came to the Caithness County Show in Thurso. Many people had a go the RoWAN quiz which included a guess as to how many pieces of waste made up the warrior. A busy and productive day for volunteers Marj, Marianne and Rikky who gave out advice about recycling and how to reduce food waste.

RoWAN's AGM And Open Community Garden Day

RoWAN’s AGM will be on Saturday September 8th at 2pm at Loch na Mhoid near Muir of Ord. This is the location of one of the community gardens linked to the Transition Black Isle group. See for information and map. Parking is limited so please either come by bike or share a lift. People can come by train to Muir of Ord and then either lovely 30 min walk or 12 min cycle along old railway line to near the venue. The No. 28 bus also comes to Muir of Ord from Inverness and Dingwall.


The garden will be open to the public from 12.00 that day as part of Blasda, Scotland’s local food feast, so do come along early to have a look around the community growing areas. Please also join us for a pot luck picnic at around 1pm- just bring along a contribution of something that you have made or grown. There will be short presentations on RoWAN’s work at 2pm, followed by the formal AGM, which we promise will be short. All are welcome.


RoWAN is currently looking for new members for its Management Committee. If you are interested in getting involved, this is an opportunity to meet the staff and Management Committee and find out more.


If you need further information please email or ring 01349 867063.




Where & When

Sat, 08/09/2012 - 12:00pm - 4:00pm
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