The email group Greencycle Kintyre, formerly known as Freecycle Kintyre, has been running since 2005 to reduce the waste of energy and resources that occurs whenever an item goes to landfill. Its objective is to match potential new users of various items with others who have finished using them. "Don't throw it away, give it away" is its tag line. Now, in common with many email groups, its use has declined dramatically, as has support from loss-making parent Yahoo Groups.
In 2006, Kintyre Recycling Limited started up, providing recycling
services to the Kintyre peninsula and operating as a social enterprise.
It provides employment to people with various specific needs and a range
of abilities, offering kerbside recycling services to South Kintyre
households, and servicing of "bring" sites in the A83 corridor from
Kintyre up to Arrochar. All the recyclates collected are quality sorted
and sold on. It's tag line is "Don't let a good thing go to waste".
Both Greencycle Kintyre and Kintyre Recycling help households to make a
difference to the environment by reusing more of what they already have.
Now, in 2016, whilst the use of email groups is declining, the need for
more comprehensive re-use facilities is expanding. To this end, Kintyre
Recycling has purchased land and is pursuing plans for a purpose-built
unit with a display area for re-usable goods. With a view to marketing,
Zero Waste Heroes volunteer Siyao Li has made a short film highlighting
the social and economic benefits of recycling in Kintyre. See this at http://www.inspiralba.org.uk/? p=543. You can see why new premises are absolutely needed!
It has become obvious that the two groups share a common objective. The
arrival of Zero Waste Heroes on the scene in 2015 (a project led by
Inspiralba, a Kintyre Recycling partner for many years) has helped to
solidify thinking about the way forward. On behalf of the members of
both organizations, the board and management of Greencycle Kintyre and
Kintyre Recycling have decided to merge. The combined membership lists
will be more effective together than if they remain separate as we seek
to facilitate far more re-use of household items than currently takes
place. The merger will occur during May 2016, when the Greencycle
Kintyre email list will be renamed and become operated by Kintyre
Recycling. It will be upgraded to a purpose-built Freegle system as soon
as this is available.
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