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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 has supported 379 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.

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. The Transition Stirling Tool Library is supported by a grant of £145,241 from the Climate Challenge Fund and includes maximum funding of £48,195 from the European Regional Development Fund

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 will continue with the award of CCF funding and a contribution from the European Development Fund in 2017/18.

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

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

A community reuse space has been opened in Falkirk through the Revive Falkirk project, which is run by Forth Environment Link, with the support of a grant from the Scottish Government's Climate Challenge Fund.

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


LEAP Yep, (Local Energy Action Plan Youth Engagement Programme) A series of workshops, pop up events and social gatherings devised by and for young people across four communities in Renfrewshire. Through activities such as Recycle and Dye workshops the project is enabling young people to learn about their environment and gain practical skills to reduce their carbon emissions. LEAP have been awarded CCF funding for 2017/18.

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.