In 2014 Dunbar and District competed to become Scotland’s first Zero Waste Town, under a new Zero Waste Scotland initiative to support community focused projects that aim to promote the 3 Rs, Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.
“The Zero Waste Town initiative aims to recognise collective efforts in communities to reduce waste and maximise re-use and recycling, supporting the Scottish Government’s Zero Waste Plan.”
Zero Waste Dunbar was a broad ranging programme that delivered a series of projects that reduce waste and increase the benefits of reuse and recycling for the local community.
The projects included community engagement activities, support to local businesses, educational projects and the development of local infrastructure to support reuse and recycling. More about the project outcomes can be found on theZERO WASTE TOWN PROJECT WEBSITE
One major legacy from the project, which ended in March 2017, was the spawning of the independent social enterprise Miixer that is now taking forward innovate waste projects across East Lothian in conjunction with East Lothian Council.