Girvan could be first zero waste town

A study into developing Girvan into one of the first ‘zero waste’ towns in Scotland is to go ahead after Aspire2gether was awarded grant funding.

Aspire2gether is one of only five community organisations that have been awarded a £20, 000 grant from Zero Waste Scotland for a feasibility study on developing Girvan into a zero waste town.

Expressions of interest were sought from community organisations, social enterprises and others earlier this summer to examine over the next few months the feasibility for such a project.

Aspire2gether will work in partnership with South Ayrshire Councils Environmental Team, and consult with organisations such as the Girvan Community Council, Ayrshire Housing, Girvan Town team, Girvan Youth Trust, Girvan Academy, local primary schools and local businesses to explore how higher recycling rates and greater local resource efficiency can be achieved.

Iain Gulland, Director of Zero Waste Scotland said:

“This is a really exciting project for Scotland as it looks to increase momentum with innovative new ideas to deliver a zero waste society.

“We have been looking for organisations that can lead the gathering of evidence and show the vision, ambition and practical skills needed to pull off this ambitious model.

“The successful implementation of plans, from the new year onwards, will demonstrate the most effective ways that communities in Scotland can achieve zero waste by delivering the highest recycling rates and reducing residual waste, and that business in those places can significantly reduce their use of key materials, energy and water.”

The communities will receive targeted support and further funding to enable them to build comprehensive project delivery plans.

The project has been developed in collaboration with a number of third sector networks including DTAS, Scottish Community Alliance, CRNS, Scottish Climate Change Communities Network.

John McDowall, Sustainability and Environment Portfolio Holder for South Ayrshire Council said: “This is fantastic news for Girvan and a great opportunity for the town to lead the way in transforming how we think about and manage our waste. With ambitious recycling targets to be met in the months and years ahead, thinking differently and being innovative every step of the way will not just be important – it will be vital. Becoming a Zero Waste Town means Girvan is well in the running to show the rest of the country how it’s done.”