NEARLY £15,000 has been split between three good causes thanks to a generous donation.

Reuse Scotland SCIO, based in Dunbar, handed over cheques to East Lothian Foodbank, Pennypit Community Development Trust and Our Community Kitchen.

A cheque for £10,000 was presented to the Tranent-based foodbank, while a further £3,000 was handed over to the Pennypit Community Development Trust and £1,500 to Haddington-based Our Community Kitchen.

Simon Glover, CEO of Reuse Scotland SCIO (known to many as Zero Waste Dunbar), was delighted to help out.

He said “We’ve proven our reuse concept and are sure we can pay the bills on an ongoing basis, without relying on funding.

“So now we are able to do more, and going forward all proceeds (after operating costs) will be distributed to local charitable causes.

East Lothian Courier:  Sue Guy (Operations Manager Reuse Scotland) presented a cheque to Elaine Gale (founder of Our Community Kitchen) Sue Guy (Operations Manager Reuse Scotland) presented a cheque to Elaine Gale (founder of Our Community Kitchen)

“We look forward to distributing more funds on behalf of our community.

“Thanks to each and every one of our supporters for helping us grow our model sustainably to this point.

“It’s a massive team effort, with thousands of households contributing to bring resilience to our community.

“We are proud to be able to do this in addition to delivering all of our community benefit projects (pay what you want; free materials to all community groups, charities and schools; free books for schools, our free section and our loose parts play project).

“It really pays to keep good stuff local and out of landfill.

“It benefits the planet, our community and those in need: win, win, win.”

The organisations were delighted to receive the donations.

The group aims to relieve poverty through the provision of emergency food, signposting services and ‘more than food’ projects.

Anyone who is keen to support Reuse Scotland SCIO can make donations at recycling centres across the county, as well as Reuse Scotland shops in Dunbar and North Berwick.