North Ayrshire Council and East Renfrewshire Council have been recognised in the COSLA excellence awards for sustainability projects.

North Ayrshire Council and East Renfrewshire Council have been recognised in the COSLA excellence awards for sustainability projects.

North Ayrshire Council won the ‘Strong and Sustainable Communities Award’ for their project ‘Maximising Resources by Diverting Bulky Waste for Reuse’.

Source: Keep Scotland Beautiful



North Ayrshire Council has developed an innovative agreement with Cunninghame Furniture Recycling Company to collect and redistribute unwanted furniture and white goods from landfill, assisting low income families to furnish their homes, and create training and employment opportunities for unemployed residents. This new service moves waste material up the waste hierarchy and feeds into the circular economy. It is built around North Ayrshire Council’s Waste Strategy 2012-2016, which is one of the first to develop a reuse target, as well as the Scottish Government’s Zero Waste Plan Targets and the obligations of The Waste (Scotland) Regulations 2012.

The project operates a free of charge donation collection system, collecting over 360 tonnes of furniture from more than 2,500 collections. It has already successfully re-used, recycled or holds in stock more than 90% of furniture items donated. It has also sold in excess of 5,700 items of furniture and white goods, assisting around 2,850 low income families to furnish their homes on a budget, and generated almost £190,000 of income from sales of furniture and recycled goods.

East Renfrewshire Council won the ‘SOLACE Best Team Award’ for their project ‘Quality On-Road Cycle Training’.
The Quality On-Road Cycle Training project has put in place the service delivery mechanisms required to provide high quality ‘Bikeability’ on-road cycle training at Primary Schools in East Renfrewshire Council. All 23 Primary Schools delivered on-road training in 2014, the first local authority in Scotland to achieve 100% participation.

Gaining top level support in schools as well as using local partnerships has created a delivery model which is sustainable and will ensure the on-going delivery of on-road training for years to come. Evaluation found that many of the parents who undertook training this year are keen to continue their training pathway to become “Trainer Mentors” – this process is underway and supports the goal of local people delivering quality cycle training at local schools.

Training standards – and pupil results – have improved markedly thanks to training and support programmes tailored to meet schools needs. Measures have been put in place to ensure the delivery model is sustainable and can be recreated in other local authority areas.

Other notable sustainability projects recognized at the COSLA awards include the Scottish Borders Council’s work on The Borders Railway.

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