News & Views

CONGRATULATIONS to all 6 schools in Ward 7

An average of 52% reduction in waste in 1 year!

We have recorded AMAZING reductions in waste at our schools as shown by percentage of the weight of waste going to landfill from the first and the last waste audits the Zero Waste Dunbar project carried out.

The Zero Waste Dunbar team would like to thank the schools, the staff, parents and pupils for all the hard work they have done to achieve these results.

We would also like to thank East Lothian Council for collaborating with the project to introduce a full recycling service and food waste collection in the ward. We now have the first schools in East Lothian with full recycling infastructure and systems.

Special thanks goes to all the janitors and cleaners for their assistance with the waste audits.

A Larger Zero Waste Shed for Dunbar Recycling Centre

The little shed can’t cope anymore so with the kind help of a grant from Viridor, we’re getting a much bigger shed.

This is us digging out the foundations.

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Zero Waste Shop

The Zero Waste Sheds and Vans capture materials and items before they go to landfill.

Check out the ZWD Facebook sales page for items diverted from landfill for re-use.  Funds raised go towards diverting more away from landfill for local use.

These things are in good condition and are available for collection from our Zero Waste Reuse Hub at 2 Countess Crescent – right beside the Old Factory Shop. Lots of parking.

The Zero Watse reuse operations are run by Miixer CIC – an East Lothian based not for profit Social Enterprise.

For more information please click here


Diversion from landfill for reuse

For the past few weeks we have been working at Dunbar Recycling Centre to intercept waste before it goes to landfill for local reuse.

Are you having a clear out this weekend? Want to donate your unwanted items? Come and see us at Dunbar Recycling Centre where one of the team will be happy to help.

Food not Waste

_MG_6621The Hungry Hatch is a Ridge Cafe project which aims to use food waste donated from local shops to help feed people.

They extended free ‘school’ meals during the school holidays when possible; host community supers; and provide food preparation classes.

In a short amount of time this project has diverted 562.5 kg of food waste to feed people here in Dunbar.

359 free breakfasts
445 free lunches
486 free community meals
610 children
486 adults

Zero Waste Dunbar are proud to support this initiative by donating a freezer and food dehydrator.

Make some noise Dunbar

Junk Street BandCome on out this Saturday and make some noise – be a part of the Dunbar Street Trail event.

Robin Brill,  a Community Percussion Instructor, will be running interactive Samba Junk Band sessions from 11:30 till 3pm this Saturday on Dunbar High Street.

Robin will be performing with his Junk Band at 11:30, 12:30 and 1:30

In between gigs there will be musical instrument making out of rubbish sessions.



Summer Clothes Swap

clothesBack by popular demand – another ZWD Clothes Swap!

Summer clothes, shoes, hats etc – womens, mens, children

At the Bleachingfield centre 7pm to 9pm

Wednesday August 3rd

London Fashion Week 2017 – Here we come!


Fact fashion 

In the UK, garments have an estimated life span of just two years and three months. Data from Zero Waste Scotland reveals that the average Scottish household owns around £4,000 worth of clothes, but wears only 70% of that each year – most commonly because it no longer fits. It is estimated that £140m -350,000 tonnes – of used clothes end up in landfill each year.

The East Lothian seaside town of Dunbar is renowned as an area of natural beauty, with its beautiful coast and stunning countryside.  It is the birthplace and home to many inspirational people – John Muir, General Sir Reginald Wingate, Robert Wilson, Jacqui Burke and is Scotland’s very first Zero Waste Town.  The latter two are working together on an exciting new national campaign Love Your Clothes, which aims to help reduce the impact that clothes have on the environment, but they want to take it one step further...

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Junk Street Band Coming to Dunbar

Junk Street BandBe part of creating a Junk Percussion Street Band in Dunbar in these free workshops. Make your instrument, learn Samba and festival rhythms and preform at the Dunbar Street Art Trail on the 20th of August.

Book now!

To learn how to make instruments choose between 2 workshops to make instruments book one of these sessions:

• Sat 30th July – for adults, children and teenagers. Adults must be accompanied by a child ☺

To learn how to play the instruments book these dates:
• Fri 5th Aug 10 – 12 ….for children, teens and adults
• Sat 13th Aug 14:00 – 16:00 ….for children, teens and adults
• Tues 16th Aug 12 – 14:00…. for age 9 upwards and teens only
• Fri 19th Aug 18:00-20:00…. for children, teens and adults

All sessions are FREE and at the Bleachingfields Community Centre Dunbar

To book or find out more info: