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Based at Duncan Place Resource Centre in Leith, STIRnetwork started in February 2003 with financial help from the Scottish Executive and Edinburgh Environmental Partnership.


STIR is a not-for-profit organisation aiming to create opportunities for all. They involve people by offering a high degree of personal support, development and training to enable volunteers to gain appropriate skills and qualifications. STIR also involve corporate partners in a skills exchange called the Community Business Banking Scheme.


STIR Network projects are developed into small community businesses aiming to compete in the commercial arena. STIR bring paid staff and volunteers together to work towards a shared agenda of environmental sustainability. They believe that linking people, business and environment gives their projects long term viability.


Community Compost Box Project (CCBP) is a project to develop a zero waste community enterprise, recycling timber and providing opportunities for all. CCBP recycles timber into compost bins and other timber-based items. Volunteers sort the timber, measure and cut it, and make the compost bins out of it, which are then sold to the public to develop long-term financial viability. STIR are currently looking to develop partnerships with Garden Centres to help sell their bins. Timber left over from the process is recycled into chipboard or used as firewood. The project also provides a composting information service, which helps people wanting to know more about home composting.


Another project under development is STIR Paper bags, where STIR provides bags to offices to sort and recycle photocopies and old envelopes into white, brown and glossy. STIR Paper then collects and recycles this into high quality bespoke items such as wedding invitations.


For further information, contact:
Fiona Macpherson
East Norton Place
London Road
Edinburgh EH7 5DR
Tel: 0131 661 5671

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Company Registration No. 278156. Scottish Charity No. SC 029210