Waste case studies

Learn more about Climate Challenge Fund projects tackling carbon emissions caused by waste through reducing, reusing and recycling.

The Climate Challenge Fund (CCF) has supported projects that have aimed to reduce carbon emissions caused by waste of resources. Projects have worked to reduce over-consumption, encourage the reuse of items, extend the life of everyday items through repair and maintenance and promote recycling of materials.

You can view video features and downloadable case studies of CCF project involving waste below.

Repair Cafe Glasgow

Repair Cafe Glasgow are saving a wide variety of items from landfill by offering Repair Cafe sessions at locations including Kinning Park Complex. The project is also helping the community to develop practical DIY skills so they can fix their own possessions and learn more about climate change. The Climate Challenge Fund grant of £91,596 includes maximum funding of £19,099 from the European Regional Development Fund.

Education & Training in Climate Literacy

The Education and Training in Climate Literacy project is run by Forward Coupar Angus and is helping to improve knowledge of climate change and low carbon choices in Coupar Angus. In addition to a Re-Use shop helping to reduce carbon emissions by tackling waste, the project includes initiatives to increase the amount of food grown locally and a variety of support to encourage cycling.

Transition Stirling Tool Library

The Transition Stirling Tool Library works just like an ordinary library, except instead of borrowing books, all sorts of tools and other equipment are available to borrow. The project runs Repair Cafe events, where a variety of items including tools and electronic equipment can be repaired for free. They also run workshops on furniture refurbishment, sewing, mending, growing, cooking, foraging and more.

R:evolve Recycle

R:evolve Recycle - run by Lightburn Elderly Association. This intergenerational project in Cambuslang and Rutherglen sees the older generation sharing skills to help the community repair, upcycle or swap clothes to reduce the amount of textiles landfilled. The project is currently funded by the CCF and was pleased to welcome the First Minister to their premises to learn more about their work. View a downloadable case study here.

Waste Not Want

As Part of their Waste Not Want project in 2017/18, Kinning Park Complex re-purposed plastic from food and drinks packaging into earrings and buttons. Waste Not Want was funded through the Scottish Government's Climate Challenge Fund with a grant of £133,080 which included a maximum contribution of £47,371 from the European Regional Development Fund.

You can watch a video of the plastic mould in action below.

Revive Falkirk

A community reuse space was opened in Falkirk through the Revive Falkirk project, which was run by Forth Environment Link, with the support of a grant from the Climate Challenge Fund.

We're pleased to share a video created by the project to celebrate the opening of the reuse space.

Moving Coll Towards Zero Waste

Moving Coll Towards Zero Waste supported the community on the Isle of Coll in adopting behaviours and practices to reduce carbon emissions, utilise local resources more effectively and increase social cohesion. The group also worked towards providing a centre for learning, information sharing, practical recycling and reuse activities on the island.


Beith Big Swap - run by Beith Community Development Trust. A three year project that helped sports clubs and teams in Beith kick the carbon habit by reusing sports kit, washing and drying kit more efficiently and swapping single occupancy car trips to matches for lift sharing, walking and cycling.


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