Communities’ Reduce Reuse & Recycle

Communities’ Reduce, Reuse & Recycle Project is funded by Climate Action Fund (CAF), The Big Lottery Fund, a partnership between ELREC & NKS (Networking Key Services)

The aim of the project is to encourage and support BAME communities in Edinburgh to reduce waste, increase reusing and repairing and to shift to a more sustainable consumption.

Overall, we will change attitude, behaviours and awareness towards waste and consumption through activities including:

-Clothing repairs and alterations sessions

-Sewing/stitching classes

-Swap Shop events

-Fashion shows

-Food parcel distribution to vulnerable families

-Cookery sessions

-DIY upcycling

‘Composting’ and ‘wormery’ workshops

-Visits to recycling centers

-Edinburgh Climate Festival

We work  with the Polish, South Asian, Chinese, Spanish and African communities based on ELREC’s long established relationships with the communities and their higher demographic representation in Edinburgh.

If you would like to volunteer with us help deliver activities on sustainable consumption, send your volunteer application to

Did you know?

  • 80% of Scotland’s carbon footprint comes from all the goods, materials and services which we produce, use and sadly, often throw out after just one use.

  • Each household in Scotland generates more than a tonne of waste every year, but so much of it could be reduced, reused or recycled to help create a net zero nation

  • Household waste in Scotland in 2020 was more than 2.4 million tonnes, out of that only 1 million was recycled, 650 000 was landfilled and 750 000 was disposed by incineration, recovered by incineration, recovered by co-incineration and managed by other methods.

  • On average, 381.34 kg/person of household waste is generated in the City of Edinburgh in 2020 which accounts for roughly 0.95 TCO2e per person

  • As a person living in Scotland you currently consume around 3 planets worth of resources. Yet we only have one.

If we want to restore our balance with nature, we need to start working together. Climate change will affect us all, and everyone has a role to play in taking climate action.

To truly end our contribution to the climate crisis, we need to rethink how we consume in Scotland and around the world.

Around four-fifths of Scotland’s footprint comes from the products and materials we manufacture, use and throw away. 

The evidence is clear. Consumption in Scotland is unsustainably high.

Reasons to reduce, reuse and recycle:

  • Energy and resources are wasted whenever an item goes to landfill

  • Raw materials are a limited resource – we might not always be able to replace what we throw away

  • Less landfill means less pollution – and a cleaner, greener Scotland

  • Waste costs – for example, Scotland’s avoidable food waste alone runs to more than £1 billion a year.


Feel free to contact us if you would like to take climate action:

  • Franciele Sobierai (Project Coordinator) –

  • Aleksandra Szczygielska (Polish Workshop Facilitator) –

  • Fahmida Huczewska (South Asian Workshop Facilitator) –

  • David Tai (Chinese Workshop Facilitator) –

  • Mohammad Alzaim (African Workshop Facilitator) – 

  • Spanish Facilitator (To be recruited)