The population is growing and the planet has limited resources.
We need to move away from the current "take-make-dispose" practices to a more cyclical, restorative approach. Our vision is of a resource-efficient Stirling that wastes little.
Stirling Council is committed to reducing its own resource use, including the use of disposable plastics. The bottled water and plastic cups in many of our offices have been replaced with filtered Zip-taps. We have also removed the unnecessary plastic wrappings from our school meal provision.
The Scottish Government has committed to becoming a Good Food Nation. They have outlined many objectives for Scotland, including the ambitious target to reduce Scotland’s food waste by 33% by 2025. The recent Good Food Stirling Report outlines the current status of Stirling’s food system and presents ideas for the future.
In 2014, the Council secured the silver level Food for Life Catering Mark from Soil Association Scotland. This was for its primary school meals service. The award recognises that the Council produces fresh school meals. This means using ingredients that are seasonal, free from additives and better for animal welfare.
To meet the silver award standard, schools must involve parents and the wider community in food education. They should have a cooking club where pupils get to cook and eat locally grown produce.
Many of the Council's partners are working on food activities. NeighbourFood Stirling provides an opportunity for consumers to pre-order a range of products. They can order, meat, vegetables, eggs and cheese from local producers which can be collected from one central point. Producers receive 80% of the value of the product, compared to only 20-50% they would receive selling through a supermarket.
Tool Library & Repair Workshops
Transition Stirling's Share and Repair project has been set up to help the local community. This is to help reduce the amount of waste sent to landfills. There are now initiatives such as a tool library, repair cafe events, wood reuse scheme and a variety of educational workshops.
Last updated: Thursday, October 14, 2021 2:58 PM