At CRNS we are passionate about working together to deliver a circular economy in Scotland

As the national membership body for the community reuse and recycling sector, we have a vital two-way role to play.

Representing the sector to a wide range of stakeholders

Supporting and growing the community resources sector

As well as supporting and representing our members, we are also involved in projects and programmes to support the third sector, in pursuit of zero waste.

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Our Members

CRNS represent over 160 of our members most of whom are charities or social enterprises managing local waste resources. They run recycling, reuse, repair, composting, waste reduction and waste education activities. They prevent valuable products and materials from ending up in landfill, create local jobs and other economic opportunities, and work to help those on low incomes or who are disadvantaged.

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Our Funders

We are grateful to the following funders who make our work here at CRNS possible.

Our core work and network services are funded by Zero Waste Scotland.

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Our Reuse Consortium is funded by Circular Economy Investment Funding.

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The development of this website was funded by the National Lottery Community Fund, Awards for All Scotland.

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Our Objectives

  • To conserve and protect the physical and natural environment by reducing the proliferation of landfill sites, and in particular through the promotion of sustainable waste management.
  • To advance the education of the public in Scotland concerning reuse, repair, recycling, waste minimisation and waste management through a programme of knowledge and information dissemination, seminars, forums, digital media and key annual strategic events.
  • To aid poverty alleviation by working to provide social and economic benefits and opportunities to people who are most excluded from society.

Our Values

The following core values guide our work at CRNS, we are

  • committed to the principles of zero waste, circular economy and sustainable development
  • accountable to the Membership
  • committed to local communities delivering local reuse, repair and recycling solutions
  • committed to carrying out all of its activities with trust, integrity and openness
  • committed to social and environmental justice