RoWAN is Looking for New Board Members

RoWAN is also looking for new volunteer members for their Board to support our staff and projects and to guide the future of the organisation. RoWAN is a waste awareness charity based in Highland whose aim is to help people cut their waste. The charity was formed 10 years ago and has carried out a range of successful projects with communities and schools. It is currently funded to run a Zero Waste Volunteer Programme by Zero Waste Scotland, and to run a schools and communities project by the Climate Challenge Fund.

RoWAN is managed by a Management Committee of Directors and other members which meets once a month on a Tuesday evening, usually in Dingwall or surrounds. More Committee members are sought, particularly people with a strong interest in waste reduction and in addition experience of project management, people management, finance, community work or waste management. Travel expenses are paid but there is no other renumeration.

For information about the roles and responsibilities of Directors and members of the RoWAN Board click here.

It is envisaged that new members would initially join as co-opted members of the Board. Appointment as Directors may be possible at a later date.

For a discussion about what is involved in being a member of the Board, email or ring Caroline on 01349 867063 or 07730208849.

Make a New Year's Resolution To Cut Waste

Is there something more that you could do to cut waste?  Make a resolution at home or at work!

Even one more small action helps our planet and it may help your pocket!



Have a Happy Waste-Free Festive Season

How much of your festive food ends up in the bin? Save money and help your environment by cutting out waste.

Christmas Food Saver Tips

  • Write a list before you do that big Christmas shop to prevent over-buying in the supermarkets.
  • Use the perfect portion planner at to plan how much you need to feed your guests.
  • Freeze the carcass of your turkey to make a tasty stock for soup later.
  • Don’t bin the leftovers of your turkey, they will be tasty on a sandwich on Boxing Day or make them into another delicious meal, like turkey curry. You could even freeze leftover meat for later too.
  • Store those Christmas vegetables in the fridge to make sure they stay fresh long after Christmas day. If you don’t get round to eating them in time, boil them up and freeze them in individual portions to enjoy your own home-made ready soups or other meals in January.
  • If you’ve got leftovers from dessert, whipped cream can be frozen too or turn your Christmas pudding into a strudel or use leftover fruit and dessert sauces to make brownies.
  • Even leftover party food can be frozen and enjoyed in packed lunches when the festive season ends.

Finally, for all the vegetable peelings and fruit trimmings you can’t avoid: remember to use your compost bin to make a rich fertiliser you can use in the garden.





Where & When

Mon, 12/12/2011 - 4:00pm

European Week of Waste Reduction EWWR 19th to 27th November

RoWAN will be encouraging people to cut their waste at 4 events as part of European Week for Waste Reduction. This week focuses on highlighting waste reduction activities across Europe. RoWAN volunteers will be visiting Scottish Water and  Inverness College with information and a prize draw quiz on how to cut waste and save yourself some money. 

 We also plan to deliver and help install a Green Johana at Gairloch Youth Hostel to help cut the amount of food waste going to land fill. We hope to use this as a demonstration site for those interested in finding out more about composting all food waste.

RoWAN volunteers are also running a free Wormery workshop Timespan, Helmsdale 2pm Sunday 20 November. Find out how a wormery works and how to set one up. A wormery converts kitchen food waste into liquid plant feed and rich organic compost.There is also an opportunity for questions and answers on winter composing.




Where & When

Sat, 19/11/2011 (All day) - Sun, 27/11/2011 (All day)
around the highland

Join Us At Living Food at Cawdor

Come to Living Food at Cawdor. Fun for all the family:

  • Over 50 stalls packed full of local and organic produce and over 20 artisan craft producers.
  • Chefs Theatre with demonstrations from Charlie Lockley of the Boath House,Jim Cowie of the Captains Galley and Bruno Birkbeck from the Torridon Hotel amongst others.
  • Local musicians performing throughout the day
  • Chainsaw carving demonstrations, Woodland classroom sessions, Facepainting, Circus skills, Producers treasure hunt, biodiversity bingo, baby footprints...and delicious food served all day in the Taste of Cawdor marquee.

Rowan staff and volunteers will be joining the Zero Waste Scotland team to promote ideas on how to cut food waste and get composting. It's also a great opportunity to join our growing band of volunteers to help people cut waste across the Highlands. Hope to see you there!


Where & When

Sat, 24/09/2011 - 10:00am - 5:00pm
Cawdor castle


Our RoWAN AGM is at 7.30pm Tuesday Sept 6th. We have invited a speaker from H.E.N. (Highland Environmental Network) to talk to us about their work. There will also be an update on our on going project work. All welcome to attend.


Where & When

Tue, 06/09/2011 - 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Strathpeffer Community Centre (Smaller room)

New Project to Cut Carbon Emissions

RoWAN now is working intensively with 8 local schools and their communities - Strathgarve, Strathconon, Marybank, Strathpeffer, Beauly, Teanassie, Kiltarlity, Kirkhill to cut carbon emissions. The Eat it! project is a one year Climate Challenge funded project aimed at encouraging parents and extended families of these schools to cut food waste, compost, grow more and try to reduce food miles

Recycle Week -20th to 26th June

Recycle at home and away.

Even the smallest changes to improve recycling at home and when you're out and about  will have a cumulative effect, helping our local environments and enabling Scotland to move towards becoming a zero waste society.

In just 11 years, Scotland’s national recycling rate has risen from 5% to nearly 40%. Highland's rate is 35% and we can do more.

At home, at work and while out and about recycle all you can.

 See the Highland Council or Sort-it  websites for more information about recycling.



Where & When

Mon, 20/06/2011 - 1:00am - Sun, 26/06/2011 - 12:00am

Keep on composting...

Although the Scottish Government subsidised compost bin scheme has now come to an end, you can still source compost bins online, at garden centres or of course, you can make your own.  Click here for a selection of video clips on how to build your own pallet bin, wormery or even tumbler!  Zero Waste Volunteers are still available to visit you at home to troubleshoot existing problem bins or get you started. Just call 01349 867063 or email

RoWAN is 10 years old!

Here at RoWAN we are celebrating the start of our 10th anniversary year.  RoWAN started out in 2001 by selling cheap compost bins, but quickly gained publicity with the famous Waste-Free Household project in 2003 that supported over 120 families in reducing the amount of waste they sent to landfill.  During the last 10 years, we have supported 180 volunteers and advised literally thousands of householders on waste reduction issues.  Read more

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