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November 10, 2010

Waste is a community resource

We need to change our attitude to waste. Instead of something to be disposed of and sent to landfill, we should see the waste we produce as a resource  – a resource with real value that our communities can take advantage of.  Embracing the challenge of promoting this message, the Community Recycling Network for Scotland has rebranded itself this week with a subtle name change – Community Resource Network Scotland – and a new website

The CRNS has changed its name and from today will be known as the Community Resources Network Scotland (CRNS).

Formerly the Community Recycling Network for Scotland, the organisation decided on the change to reflects the diversity of its membership and the underlying principles of zero waste – that there is no waste, only resources. It also captures the growing awareness of waste as an increasingly valuable resource.

Pauline Hinchion, chief executive of CRNS, said: “The new name better reflects the wide variety of resource management activities that our members deliver. We’re not just about recycling; we’re about reuse, waste prevention, education & awareness, composting and creating energy from technologies such as anaerobic digestion.

“It builds on our belief that there are benefits to communities if they become more resource efficient, and that communities have a big role to play in a strong resource economy.”

The name change follows a review by the CRNS Board and an extensive consultation process over the last twelve months with the membership. This process has also seen emergence of new vision and mission statements for the CRNS, which can be viewed on the CRNS website launched at

For further information, please contact Susan Wright, media and communications manager, on 07887 752831 or

For more information on the CRNS, please visit