Richard Lochhead, Scotland’s Environment Minister, visited Dunbar today to announce that Dunbar has been chosen to be Scotland’s first Zero Waste Town.
This pilot project will be coordinated by Sustaining Dunbar, working closely with Zero Waste Scotland, East Lothian Council, local groups, businesses and residents to coordinate a comprehensive approach to transforming attitudes to waste in the town.
Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead said:
“It’s fantastic that Dunbar has set an example and become Scotland’s first ever Zero Waste Town, demonstrating the community’s firm commitment to making real progress in resource management at a local level. This innovative programme will help the town recycle more, send less to landfill and use our precious resources more efficiently. I wish everyone involved in this initiative the best of luck and I hope it will create valuable experiences that other communities around Scotland can benefit from as we strive to make Scotland a zero waste country.”
Five towns were shortlisted to prepare proposals for the Zero Waste Town pilot last Autumn and Dunbar’s proposal was selected to take this project forward. More information about some of the initiatives that are likely to form part of the Zero Waste Town pilot as it develops can be found here.