Textile collection is next step for Zero Waste Bute

A total of �200,000 will be spent on Bute in the next two years under the Zero Waste Bute project.
A total of �200,000 will be spent on Bute in the next two years under the Zero Waste Bute project.

A kerbside textile recycling collection service will be launched in Rothesay later this month.

The new service is the latest trial to be carried out by the Zero Waste Bute project, which went live in September and aims to make the island a leading light in reducing waste and increasing re-use and recycling in Scotland.

Writing in The Buteman, project manager Reeni Kennedy-Boyle said: “While this service serves as the ‘next best’ option to actually re-using textiles - we always encourage residents to upcycle, donate or mend textiles wherever possible - it represents an important part of the Zero Waste plan to ensure that no waste goes to landfill.”

This month will also see a series of ‘Love Your Clothes’ workshops run by the project, aiming to demonstrate ways to transform old and vintage clothing into something modern and fashionable.

Separately, Zero Waste Bute’s pilot of an enhanced kerbside collection servie in the Bush and Serpentine areas of Rothesay, which has been running since September, has seen an increase of nearly 30 per cent in the volume of recable waste diverted from landfill.

Bute is the second community in Scotland to form part of the Zero Waste Towns initiative run by Zero Waste Scotland; the Bute project is being delivered by local charity and social enterprise Fyne Futures, the ‘sustainability’ arm of Rothesay-based housing association Fyne Homes.

* Read Reeni’s monthly Zero Waste Bute column in the January 8 edition of The Buteman - on sale now.