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Sutherland & Caithness
Recycling Action Partnership (SCRAP)
WE CAN HELP TO SAVE YOU £'s AND PROTECT THE ENVIRONMENT
We are presently running a home composting project for Sutherland and Caithness.
‘Rotol’ composter bins are available to the local community for only £5 (…retail price £39).
To obtain a composter, or for further details about SCRAP
please phone – Mike Potts on 01847 893471
Home composting reduces the amount of waste going to landfill and produces garden compost.
SCRAP is a voluntary, charity organisation welcoming everyone with an interest in reducing, re-using and recycling waste.
“through waste management and reduction practices, to promote the conservation, protection, improvement and sustainability of the physical and natural environment in Caithness and Sutherland”.
SCRAP A BRIEF HISTORY:
· we have sold and distributed over 875 bins and counting
· We have raised funds through local
fund-raising events (quiz, competition, promotion at
· We have delivered more than 14 promotional talks
· We publicise the group’s activities via local press
· We have held public meetings in Thurso, Wick and Bettyhill
· We offer advise, guidance and assistance in composting and recycling facilities locally
· We have distributed a questionnaire to people
who have bought bins, and plan a follow-
· We regularly attend relevant conferences and meetings, mainly within Highland Region
· We communicate regularly with other environmental groups and agencies in Highland
· We try to broadcast relevant issues to raise
public awareness e.g. The consultation
· We have made contracts with two community
agents, who receive honoraria and
· We have made contact with another potential outlet in Kinlochbervie
30 January 04
News from SCRAP ( Sutherland & Caithness Recycling Action Partnership):
SCRAP held its third AGM on 21st January 2004, at which it was decided that it was time to offer thanks to various garden centres and individuals who have helped with the distribution of compost bins.
A total of 1,231 bins have been sold so far, going to 818 households (some families like to work with two bins) "Thank You" letters are going out to a number of such agents, including Fergus Morrison in Golspie and Celia Wallis in Skerray, plus the Woodside; Shinval; Pulteney; and Jamiesons Garden Centres, all of whom have not only assisted in the distribution, but also helped spread the recycling message.
The local area committee of Highland Council adds to this system by providing storage for bins awaiting distribution, and this is much appreciated.
Useful local developments
have included the launch in 2003 of the
The green waste shredder has been installed at the Seater landfill site, but we have still to hear of it being in operation.
To assist with the essential "awareness" issue, SCRAP member Rosina Kerswell is to undertake a project to produce a leaflet guide for the local community to explain what materials can be recycled, and where, or disposed of properly in Caithness and Sutherland. SCRAP will offer all the help it can with this, and any good ideas for incorporation can be passed to Rosina via SCRAP Chairman Mike Potts at 01847-893471.
SCRAP posters are currently being distributed along the north coast from Skerray.
SCRAP's financial year has been altered to coincide with the calendar year, from 1st Jan 04.
Committee members elected
for the year ahead were:
Links On Composting
Composting In Schools
How To Make Compost
Home Composting - All You Need To Know
Environment Agency - Compost Away
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