COVID impacts ‘likely to be responsible’ for the 2.9 percentage point reduction in household recycling rates from 2019 to 42%, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) says, as it publishes the latest household recycling figures for Scotland. Read the full article here.
Scotland outlines ‘next steps’ in creating a circular economy
25th November 2021
A circular economy is at the heart of Scotland’s response to the climate emergency and will help dramatically reduce the amount of waste generated in Scotland. See how it affects your local authority in this article by Circular.
Fife College to build the first net-zero college in Scotland
8th November 2021
The Scottish Government has agreed that Fife College can move forward to the next stage of its project to deliver the first net-zero further education building in Scotland.
The story begins when Alex and Andrew take a surf trip…
31st May 2019
Made with recycled materials, every bracelet purchased funds the removal of 1 pound of trash from the ocean and coastlines. In less than 2 years, 4ocean has removed 4,529,659 pounds of trash from the ocean and coastlines.
Lockerbie plastic roads firm, MacRebur, opens first factory
11th March 2019
The MacRebur plant in Lockerbie will take rubbish which would have gone to landfill to help produce asphalt. A one kilometer stretch of road made with its mix would use the equivalent of about 684,000 plastic bottles or 1.8m single-use plastic bags.
If the company’s claims are right about the robustness of its product, plastic roads could be a game changer.
Beaches at Limekilns and Charlestown contaminated by mystery Oil Spill
22nd February 2019
Donibristle Skip Hire were asked to provide skips to aid with the clean up of a oil spill on 2 of Fifes beaches along the Forth. A total of 18 skips were provided to help move the contaminated waste off of the beach and in to a containment area, where a specialist firm will then load the approximate 500 tons of waste for safe removal. The source of the spillage is still unknown, but the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) have carried out sample tests and have determined it to be an isolated incident.
Scotland’s first excess food shop opens to tackle 1.35 million tonnes of yearly waste
7th Febuary 2019
The Food Sharing Hub on Edinburgh’s Bread Street, which opened on Friday, is stacking its shelves with fruit, vegetables and bakery products which supermarkets would previously have binned as they were past their best-before date.
Every morning, a team of volunteers collect still-fresh food from local Tesco, Lidl and Coop stores and stock the shelves of the hub for the community to access affordably on a ‘pay as you feel’ basis.
In central Edinburgh, 27.1 tonnes of food go to waste every week – the equivalent of roughly 54,000 meals unnecessarily thrown in the bin while 8.4 million people across the UK suffer from food poverty.
In an effort to combat this, the Food Sharing Hub has introduced a membership system, costing £1 a month to join. Once a member, shoppers can fill a basket with food every day, and contribute a donation to help cover the costs.
You can keep up to date with their progress over on their facebook page:
Scottish farmers no longer allowed to burn farm plastics under exemption
23rd January 2019
Burning farm plastics and most types of agricultural waste will not be allowed in Scotland under exemption from 1 January 2019. The move will affect silage wrap, crop covers, fertiliser bags and containers.
Previously, if customers wanted to recycle their lenses and packaging, they would have to use a paid for service. Under the new scheme wearers can now dispose of their waste at public drop off points, offered by Boots Chemist and other selected independent stores.
Rockore will be returning to Lochore Meadows for the weekend of the 25th of August, and we are gladly supplying waste management solutions for the Benarty Events Group that run the festival. After the success of last year expect this one to be bigger and better than ever!
We are happy to say that we are back supporting the Benarty Events Group and their Pipe Band Gala and Competition at Lochore Meadows. You can keep up to date with all the events this team are running by following their facebook page at the link below.
We are glad to share the news that the local Primary 7s have successfully passed their “Recycling Proficiency” course with flying colours.
We approached Inverkeithing, North Queensferry and both Dalgety Bay primary schools to talk to the children about the impact that plastic pollution is having on our oceans and eco systems. All the kids were already very knowledgeable about recycling, but we wanted to talk about, and put emphasis on, the reasons why recycling is so important, and how even the smallest change now can be the big change for the future.
Scottish Beach Clean-ups
11th April 2018
A short video showing the amount of waste collected in a Beach Clean-up in Aberdeen. Although a lot of this has washed up on our shores, the majority of it has come from our own rivers and house. We have the ability to stop this at the source. Sign up for your local beach clean-up at the link below.
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