ReThink MESS Draft

We are very excited to announce that we have been awarded a Climate Challenge Fund (CCF) grant, totalling £249,905 which also includes a maximum contribution of £118,637 from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) for a new project focused on reducing waste and increasing knowledge of climate change.  The new project ‘ReThink MESS’ will run from 1st April 2018 to 31st March 2020.

ReThink MESS Project will focus on trialling options for reducing food waste going to landfill including a pilot food waste collection, providing composters to schools and small businesses, and a community fridge. There will also be a number of food waste reduction and low carbon food events for people to get involved in.

Recycling facilities will be provided in public places which don’t currently have any, and a mobile recycling kit will make it easier to recycle at local events. The project aims to install up to 10 ‘Recycling on the Go’ stations and 6 beach clean stations at locations around Mull and Iona.

Workshops in repair and re-use will enable people to learn new skills, covering a range of items from clothes and textiles to computers and bicycles.  The project will also work with hospitality businesses to promote lower carbon alternatives to plastic and increase recycling.

ReThink MESS will provide the opportunity for people to increase their own knowledge of climate change and carbon literacy through a ‘roadshow’ at local events, masterclasses in schools, and Carbon Conversation workshops.

Ian Jones, Director of Mull and Iona Community Trust said:

“We are delighted to have secured this grant from the Climate Challenge Fund which will allow us to benefit residents and visitors to Mull and Iona by providing services which don’t currently exist, as well as supporting local business and tourism. People will gain knowledge and learn new skills through participating in workshops, and households will be able to reduce their food bills through increased awareness of food waste and use of the community fridge.

By the end of this project we expect to have less waste going to landfill and more being recycled and composted. Updates will be posted on the MICT website (, Facebook and Twitter and we’d be very happy to hear from anyone who would like to find out more or get involved in the project.”

Please contact Siân Scott - - 01680 812904.

More MESS & Waste LESS (April 2017-March 2018)

This project finished at the end of March 2018 - we will upload the end of project report here soon. Thank you to everyone who has volunteered their time over the last year, we would be very grateful if you could complete this survey to help us to understand the impact the project had on recycling on Mull and Iona. 

More MESS Less WASTE slideshow

Why should I recycle? 

  • Reduce landfill: space at Mull’s landfill site is running out.
  • Save money: more recycling means less spent on landfill charges. More money for other services.
  • Conserve resources: new products from old materials & conserves precious raw materials.
  • Save energy:  less energy used in recycling old products than making new products.
  • Protect the environment: less raw materials processed means less pollution & habitat damage.

Did you know?

  • Plastics, cans, glass, paper and card collected on Mull are all sent off for recycling into new products!
  • Island Castaways (MESS) will collect (free of charge) household items in working/saleable order with profits going to local groups!
  • You can drop off batteries, spectacles, light bulbs, ink cartridges & mobile phones at the Bunessan & Craignure charity shops.
  • All plastic food pots, trays, cartons (including Tetra paks) can now be recycled with your plastics.
  • Glass should be placed directly into the glass bins not in plastic bags.
  • For cans & plastics only the Council provided bags should be used– using different bags contaminates the bin.

What, how & where can I recycle?

*Please note the Council will be replacing the red bags for cans/tins with a clear plastic bag in the near future.  All households will have two clear plastic bags, one for plastics and one for cans/tins.

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What happens to my recycling?

Click on the links in the sidebar to find out what happens to your recycling when it’s collected from your bin!






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