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  • Noisy Nights
  • COMAS invite you to a politics quiz with your Burns Supper
  • Concert audiences raise funds for Barnardos Scotland 
  • Volunteer at a charity shop
  • Edinburgh falling behind with recycling

Noisy Nights start on Monday 1 February 2016 at 8pm at Summerhall,

Noisy Nights are the place to hear emerging new musical ideas and voices: they’re a place to meet music-lovers, curious minds, musicians, composers and artists in an informal space and hear some of the best examples of brand new music while having a beer. They’re fun, free and your chance to listen to, and compose for, the musicians of Red Note Ensemble.

Red Note Ensemble Performers:

Flute Ruth Morley

Violin Jackie Shave

Trombone John Kenny

Tickets: Free!

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Have I got Burns for you!

A Burns Supper with a difference takes place at 7pm on Friday 22 January 2016 at St Paul’s Church Pilrig Street for the princely sum of £10. You will get Cock-a-leekie soup, haggis neeps and tattoos and cranachan. (Vegetarian options available) And there is a fun politics quiz flung in for good measure.  Buy your tickets here.

L-R: Christopher Marshall, James Taylor, Craig Drummond, Irene Heggie, Minsu Go and Lina Bieliauskaite all from Usher Hall.
L-R: Christopher Marshall, James Taylor, Craig Drummond, Irene Heggie, Minsu Go and Lina Bieliauskaite all from Usher Hall.

In the last four years over £18,300 has been raised for Barnardo’s Scotland just from buckets being rattled at Christmas concerts held at Edinburgh’s Usher Hall. Any spare change has been added to the grand total which is a huge help for the leading children’s charity.

The events coordinator at Barnardo’s Scotland Jordyn Armstrong recently accepted a cheque for nearly £4,000 which is the monies collected in December 2015 alone. Armstrong said: “The Usher Hall has been a huge supporters of Barnardo’s Scotland for four years with very successful bucket collections. We are overwhelmed by their staff’s time and effort, and the hall’s kind visitors who have collectively donated over £18,000. This is a huge contribution to allow us to continue supporting some of the country’s most vulnerable children and families and we would like to say a massive thank you! And we hope to continue working with Craig and his fantastic team in the future.”

Craig Drummond, Front of House Manager at Usher Hall, presented the cheque stating: “Barnardo’s Scotland is a great cause that obviously resonates with our audiences as they always dig deep for our bucket collections – we would like to thank them for their generosity and support. It’s true what they say – every little really does help and we are delighted that all that loose change has resulted in a significant amount of money towards the invaluable work this charity does.”

The two charity shops at Newkirkgate Shopping Centre in Leith are calling for volunteers to help them this year. The British Heart Foundation and Cancer Research stores have a variety of roles on offer both in the shops themselves and in their warehouse or helping with fundraising.

Pearl James, manager of the Cancer Research UK store at Newkirgate Shopping Centre, said: “By volunteering with us, you’ll be joining a fun and diverse team and in return for some of your time, we promise to provide you with a rewarding working experience. You can also feel good knowing that you’re doing your bit to support such a great cause!”

Any willing volunteers will be able to decide how many hours they would like to commit to and how long they would like to carry out the role for. The posts will be unpaid.

If you are interested in volunteering with Cancer Research UK at the centre, please call: 0131 553 7086.

If you are interested in volunteering with the British Heart Foundation at the centre, please call: 0131 341 3023.

While there are a dozen councils in Scotland where household recycling has exceeded the EU target of recycling at least 50% of household waste by 2020, Edinburgh is said to be falling behind with a recycling figure of around 37% according to research by the GMB union.

In the 32 councils in Scotland, out of the total household waste of 2,459,559 tonnes some 1,053,249 tonnes were sent for recycling, composting or reuse. That is 42.8%.

Gary Smith, Acting GMB Scotland Secretary, said: “It is a great credit to all those working in waste collection and recycling that such great strides have been made over the last decade to recycle more at the same time as increasing efficiency.

We are well on the way for many councils to meet the EU target for the UK to recycle at least 50% of waste generated by households.

Increased recycling has come at a cost. The waste sector is the most dangerous in the country to work in.

GMB’s research tells us two things. First, we need a sharing of expertise and knowledge which is vital to bring the recycling underachievers up to the levels of their peers. Second, to raise recycling levels even further, and make this sector safer, requires more staff to be employed, more investment in vehicles and equipment and safer methods of working to keep those providing these vital service safe.”

The table produced by the GMB union shows that Edinburgh only recycles around 37% of waste. Do you recycle? Do you find it easy to do?

Generated (tonnes)

Recycled (tonnes)

Percentage Recycled (%)

Scotland

2,459,559

1,053,249

42.8

Rank

1

Inverclyde

28,458

16,171

56.8

2

North Ayrshire

65,064

36,743

56.5

3

Perth & Kinross

74,949

42,372

56.5

4

East Renfrewshire

46,224

25,950

56.1

5

Clackmannanshire

26,786

14,929

55.7

6

Moray

50,902

27,681

54.4

7

Falkirk

73,620

39,980

54.3

8

Fife

188,213

101,060

53.7

9

Stirling

40,565

21,551

53.1

10

Angus

58,892

30,879

52.4

11

East Ayrshire

56,392

28,381

50.3

12

South Ayrshire

55,477

27,751

50

13

Midlothian

40,726

19,111

46.9

14

Renfrewshire

80,858

37,658

46.6

15

Highland

131,228

60,471

46.1

16

West Lothian

73,485

33,715

45.9

17

South Lanarkshire

153,492

69,000

45

18

East Dunbartonshire

52,897

23,533

44.5

19

West Dunbartonshire

40,338

17,876

44.3

20

East Lothian

52,660

22,523

42.8

21

North Lanarkshire

150,309

62,528

41.6

22

Aberdeenshire

131,390

52,479

39.9

23

Aberdeen City

96,130

36,742

38.2

24

Edinburgh, City of

189,525

70,451

37.2

25

Scottish Borders

49,952

18,345

36.7

26

Dundee City

63,738

20,290

31.8

27

Argyll & Bute

52,359

15,655

29.9

28

Glasgow City

224,488

57,839

25.8

29

Eilean Siar

13,479

2,914

21.6

30

Dumfries & Galloway

76,454

15,940

20.8

31

Orkney Islands

10,568

1,831

17.3

32

Shetland Islands

9,942

899

9

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