Praise for ‘inspiring’ Zero Waste Bute ideas

Zero Waste Scotland chief executive Iain Gulland speaking at the launch of Zero Waste Bute.
Zero Waste Scotland chief executive Iain Gulland speaking at the launch of Zero Waste Bute.

The chief executive of Zero Waste Scotland says he’s “hugely inspired” by plans to make Bute the country’s first ‘zero waste island’.

The Zero Waste Bute scheme, which went live in September, will feature a series of projects over the next two years aimed at increasing recycling on Bute and cutting down on the amount of waste produced on the island.

Speaking at the official launch of the project, Zero Waste Scotland’s chief executive, Iain Gulland, said: “I’m hugely inspired by what Zero Waste Bute plans to do.

“There are already good things happening with food waste and re-use, which shows this is a community that has good ideas.

“It’s not for us to come out and tell communities what they should be doing - it’s about empowering those communities and getting behind them.

“Some of the things Bute is doing could transfer to other parts of Scotland with great benefit. It’s the first time I’ve really felt that ambition in a community.”

Reeni Kennnedy-Boyle, general manager of local charity and social enterprise Fyne Futures, which will deliver the Zero Waste Bute project locally, added: “I’m passionate about this island. We have a great community and we have wonderful community support.

“When people know what’s being asked of them they step up to the plate. Zero Waste Bute is helping people take that first step.”