During the 2000m² Projects Whitmuir Community Farm ran a rural food waste composting scheme in the EH46 postcode for three years as part of a wider project funded by the Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund (CCF).  The 2000m² Project will no longer receive CCF funding after March 2018, which means that communities around Romannobridge and West Linton have for the time being lost their local rural food waste recycling service.

We are seeking further funding to continue the food waste collections, extend the collections to other local villages and to improve the Community Compost Site.   There is a strong case for the continuation of the food waste composting service, either through funding from Zero Waste Scotland or by other means.  Reasons for continuing to fund the scheme are as follows:

    • There is strong local support.  The two-year pilot project has effected behaviour change in the local area as the pilot scheme has seen 160+ households adopt a green routine of bringing their food waste for collection and recycling.  These households would now be loath to send their food waste to landfill. The participants would be sad to see the service end, as it has become part of the culture of the two local primary schools and the wider community.

 

    • The service fulfills a local need.  Scottish Borders Council does not collect food waste for recycling in rural areas and their return rate for urban food waste collection is below target.  This is one of very few rural food waste collection schemes and therefore it would be particularly disappointing to stop it.

 

    • There are big environmental benefits.  Food waste is a major emitter of methane, which is a more powerful greenhouse gas than CO2.  Food waste composting by the 2000m2 Project has diverted over 22 tonnes of waste from landfill in two years, saving over 15 tonnes CO2e (carbon dioxide equivalent of the methane saved).