Zero Waste Leith is about cleaner, greener streets and helping to create a community free from waste. A community we can all be proud of.
The pioneering project is community-led and run by Changeworks. We work with local partners and our team of local volunteers to support residents, community groups, schools and businesses in Leith.
Leithers told us loud and clear – you want to create a clean and vibrant Leith where nothing is wasted.
Zero Waste Leith is building on activities already happening in the area to help the community reduce litter, flytipping and food waste, and inspire more people to get recycling.
Lets work together to turn over a new leaf. Or should we say, a new Leith! We are here to help people across Leith do their bit so we can all enjoy clean, vibrant streets and community spaces.
We work with local partners including The Edinburgh Remakery, Leithers Don’t Litter, Pilmeny Development Project, City of Edinburgh Council, Quay Community Improvements, Lorne Primary School and Leith Academy.
Zero Waste Leith aims to create a legacy of action on waste in Leith and to develop approaches that will help other parts of Scotland achieve Scotland’s Zero Waste Plan.
Back in March 2017 we talked to local residents, businesses, schools and community groups about the waste problems they saw in their area, and how we could help them to make changes to improve things for the benefit of the whole community.
Some of Leithers’ top concerns were flytipping and dog fouling. Some of the things they wanted help with was making the most of food to get best value, as well as finding out how they can repair items better.
You decided that your vision of a Zero Waste Leith is: a clean and vibrant place where nothing is wasted.
Here's what you, Leithers, told us:
You want cleaner greener streets
Tackle flytipping: “Target landlords who dump mattresses and rubbish on the streets”
49% of you said dog fouling is always an issue in Leith: “We need something to tackle dog fouling. Its awful and constant”
50% of you were up for pulling together on a community clean-up day to keep your streets litter-free
Make recycling easier: “I’d do more recycling if it was easier, more bins, more collections. I live in a flat, space is limited for collecting recycling and food waste”
“More frequent emptying of bins”
You want to give your things a new lease of life. Or is that a new Leith of life!
83% of you said you want to learn how to reuse and repair items better, and 57% said you would come along to skills workshops
You want the whole community to learn and share together
“More events / actions with school children, especially teenagers”
71% of you want to learn how to make the most of the food we buy
“Skills sharing so community members can help each other get better at reusing and repairing”
You want businesses to reduce their waste too
76% of householders said you would use a business more frequently if they had a zero waste ethos
50% of businesses surveyed said they would like to join the charter and reduce waste where possible