New bid to make Bute a ‘zero waste town’

Fyne Futures' activities include kerbside collection services in both Bute and west Cowal.
Fyne Futures' activities include kerbside collection services in both Bute and west Cowal.

Bute charity Fyne Futures has been asked to submit a new bid to make the island a Zero Waste area.

The move comes after the organisation - the ‘sustainability’ arm of local housing association Fyne Homes - missed out on a bid to make Bute and Campbeltown Scotland’s first joint ‘Zero Waste Town’.

Five local communities (and in the Zero Waste Towns context it’s worth noting that ‘town’ actually means ‘communities of 5,000 to 10,000 people, rather than traditional established geographic towns) were invited last year to look at how higher recycling rates and more efficient use of local resources could help them reach a goal of ‘zero waste’ by 2020.

Fyne Futures’ general manager Reeni Kennedy-Boyle told Bute Community Council this week: “Every year 5,500 tonnes of waste leaves Bute, and we wondered whether there was something we could do on the island to turn waste into a resource.

“Our joint bid with Campbeltown lost out to a bid from Dunbar, but we have been asked by Zero Waste Scotland to put together a business case for Bute alone.”