Archive for the ‘Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle’ Category

The Trust supports environmental education programmes with local groups and this includes working with pupils and staff within primary schools.

We have provided assistance in learning activities for young people interested in improving habitats for wildlife within their playgrounds. In recent weeks, we facilitated the creation of a bug hotel using recycled pallets.


This work promotes the development of project ideas by pupils and staff involved in the Eco-committees.  Future plans could include the planting of fruit trees, wildflower meadows, and creation of a pond in a water logged areas.

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From the beginning of December 2012 to the end of March 2013, the Trust is providing gardening skills workshops, both indoor and outdoor, within the training facilities and community gardens at 74 Love Street, Paisley.

We are working with up ten adult participants with learning and physical disabilities for 7 hours per week. Up to five volunteers will work alongside the sessional worker to support learning by participants.

The community garden will be accessed by other adults for therapeutic and health benefits including relaxation, and short walks.

This is possible thanks to funding from Foundation Scotland.


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More than Recycling 2011

CRNS have now opened bookings for their 2011 conference offering networking opportunities, inspiring topics and practical advice.


Thursday, 24th March, 2011


Westerwood Hotel, Cumbernauld




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Making Local Food Work have published a guide to finance for community owned shops. The guide includes information on general management, specific information relating to running a community shop and a glossary of finance terms.

Details at:



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Recycling is a great way of minimizing waste. It is nothing but reusing same product again or generating new material out of recyclable product. We can recycle numerous things like clothes, wood, computer, electronic goods, plastic, mobile phone, ink cartridge, glass, paper and many more. For more information

Please visit www.recyclenow.com & http://www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/ilwwcm/publishing.nsf/Content/Navigation-es-RubbishWasteandRecyclingHomePage .

One of the sustainable area that we can rarely think of is ‘Book recycling’. Books either gifted or bought make it very precious but there will be so many books on our shelves that we don not need or we might throw away. Instead of sending those old/unused/nearly new/unwanted books into rubbish bins, there are far better ways of using it again.

There are different ways to recycle unused books like

  • Finding a new home to your old book by swapping it with a friend.
  • Donating it to a charity, who mostly accept any kind of book in good condition?
  • Children’s books can be donated to local play group/Children’s home.
  • Any unused novels can find its home in local hospitals benefitting elderly patients.
  • Sell them at a second hand book shop/ eBay etc in order to cash on. Some second hand book retailers also provide discount vouchers for the book, which can be used for further purchase.

The major advantages of book recycling are,

  • Helps in creating sustainable environment by lessening waste generation.
  • Supports green living
  • Sharing or donating a good book can give us a sense of feel good factor.

One such organization which believes in sustainable recycling is Book Donors, based in Selkirk rural south of Scotland, and is a social enterprise dealing with used books to help people, society and environment. It is a member of Scottish Coalition of Social Enterprises (http://www.scottishsocialenterprise.org.uk/) and Social Firms Scotland(www.socialfirms.org.uk). Book donors are supported by over 60 charities and several not for profit organizations.

Their priorities business priorities includes,

  • Helping charities and non profits organization in fundraising through the sale of used books.
  • Supporting literacy and providing employment opportunities for people in need.
  • Creating sustainable environment by practising reduce, reuse and recycle.

For more information please visit www.bookdonors.co.uk


Renfrewshire Environmental Trust

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