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Town centre in Moray aims to secure ‘zero waste’ status

Elgin Bid chief executive Gill Neill and chairman Richard Cumming. Picture by Jason Hedges
Elgin Bid chief executive Gill Neill and chairman Richard Cumming. Picture by Jason Hedges

Businesses in a Moray town centre have set an ambitious target to secure “zero waste” accreditation for the area.

Elgin’s business improvement district is leading the initiative to help traders operate more sustainably.

Projects already set up in the town include new bins to encourage recycling, companies that receive bubble-wrap in deliveries passing it to other businesses to reuse in shipments and advice to dispose of rubbish more economical ways.

Workshops have been held with firms to generate ideas and create an action plan to adopt environmental principles from Zero Waste Scotland.

Information about potential funding sources has also been made available to businesses.

Richard Cumming, chairman of Elgin Bid, said: “It just makes sense to expend a small amount of effort to encourage better management of our waste and recycle in as effective a way possible.

“We don’t see this as a one-off recognition but want this to be the acknowledgement that Elgin and its business members will continue to care about the town centre, and want it to be as attractive and welcoming for our local and visiting customer alike.”

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