Fantastic Reduce, Reuse, Recycling projects receive funding in Nottinghamshire

Four Nottinghamshire groups have been awarded grants through the Reduce, Reuse, Recycling Fund run by Veolia (Nottinghamshire County Council’s waste contractor).


Designed to support projects that inspire people to think differently about waste and resources, the Fund offers grants to groups, schools and charities who are committed to helping Nottinghamshire to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.


The latest projects to receive funding through the awards are:

Victoria Repair Cafe (West Bridgford, Rushcliffe) Awarded £500 for tools and equipment for their repair workshops. 

The repair café helps local people get advice on how to repair items and bring them back into use, which helps to stop them from being thrown away. Lots of household items could easily be repaired if only people knew how, or where to get it done. The Victoria Repair Café is a volunteer run group consisting of skilled repairers, and if an item isn’t salvageable, they will get free advice on what their next steps for it could be. 

The concept originated in Holland and is now increasing in popularity in the UK. The Café is a social space where people can meet and enjoy a cup of tea or coffee and have a chat while they wait to be shown how to mend their broken items. There is no charge for advice and labour but voluntary donations are welcome. They are organised by and for local residents. The repair café’s objectives are to reduce waste, to ensure skills in repairing are retained, and build community cohesion through encouraging people to live more simply and sustainably.

The group source reclaimed equipment as much as possible, but do need support for equipment and materials to make robust repairs.


The next repair cafe is on Saturday 21st September 10am - 1pm at the Holy Spirit Social centre, Victoria Rd, West Bridgford, Nottingham NG2 7NT. 

Clipstone Miners Welfare Community Trust (Clipstone, Newark & Sherwood) Awarded £176.52 towards their Clipstone Youth Club Recycling Bins.

Clipstone Youth Club sought to increase the amount they are recycling by introducing new ‘friendly’ recycling bins. and would like to set up a recycling station at their youth club.

The Miners Welfare Community Trust who run the group truly believe that the earlier recycling good habits can be encouraged, the longer term benefits are. By educating children at an early age a lifetime of respect for our world and environment can be promoted.

Richard Bonington Primary School (Arnold, Gedling) Awarded £274.75 for the RBPS Eco-Club Recycling bins, food caddies & compost bins.

The Eco-Club are very passionate about recycling and want to ensure their waste goes into the right bin. The children will be hands on with the recycling of food waste. This act alone will hopefully be a big realisation about how much waste is produced and start thoughts and conversations about how to stop it getting worse. Introducing compost bins is a great way to start recycling even more at school.

Sam’s Workplace (Rainworth, Newark & Sherwood) Awarded £812.55 for workshop tools.

Sam's Workplace offers work experience placements to adults with learning disabilities. Within their workshop setting they recycle as much as possible to produce goods for sale within their community cafe.  

Linking with local schools, the Police and local businesses for materials, they use their workshop to turn them into their reusable products. Donations are increasing and varied, currently they are using a lot of pre-loved hand tools, cog drills and hand saws, but the time has come for the use of power tools to enable them to expand their product range and complement the learning levels of their work experience placements.


Funding through the Reduce, Reuse, Recycling Fund can be granted for a variety of projects and activities including workshops, practical equipment, education and awareness raising. It is for projects that encourage people to think about their waste as a resource. This can be anything from swap shop events to repair workshops, community gardens which make use of reused, reclaimed, or recycled materials, to food growing, food waste reduction initiatives and composting schemes. It could be campaigns to promote and increase recycling and reduce recycling contamination at home, school; or local events, or creative and innovative ideas which encourage people to recycle - from arts projects to recycling bins.


The Fund is a community grant fund for properly constituted, not-for-profit local organisations including charities, voluntary and community groups, forums, clubs, societies and schools, based and working within the seven boroughs and districts in the county of Nottinghamshire (excluding the City of Nottingham).


If you have an idea or are already running a project that helps to inspire others to be thoughtful about waste, the grant could help you get equipment or resources. The next application deadline is the 17th October 2019. Apply online at: