An ecobrick is a plastic bottle packed with used plastic to create a reusable building block. Ecobricks can be used to produce items, such as furniture garden walls and other structures.

We have been encouraging people to create eco bricks from plastic bottles and single use plastics for several months.

We had drop off points at local libraries where people could take their eco bricks The aim of this initiative was to raise awareness of plastic waste and that plastic can be transformed into something useful.

We are now exploring several build projects including the construction of a bench we will share updates when we have them.

The response from the public has been hugely positive highlighting the increased awareness around single use plastics and their reuse. We would like to thank everyone that got involved. Our eco-brick drop off points are now closed.

The eco-bricks project was only ever designed to be short term, helping people take that first step in reducing their use of single use plastics, by becoming more aware of the amount of hard-to-recycle waste that they are generating.

At present a long term eco bricks project would be unsustainable in South Ayrshire due to a lack of demand for eco bricks in more large scale building projects.

However if you want to continue to create build eco bricks, there are lots of building tutorial resources online.

What do I do with my single use plastics?

There are several ways of reducing single use plastics and other hard-to-recycle waste. It can take a while to develop new habits so it’s important to stay positive and keep goals ambitious yet achievable!

  • Refuse- if someone offers you a single use plastic item that you don’t need, you can very politely refuse and explain to them why, this could also increase awareness around this issue.
  • Are there alternatives? When you’re shopping there could be an alternative without the packing, if so, go for the plastic free option.
  • Use bees wax wraps instead of cling-film
  • Get a reusable water bottle or takeaway cup
  • Bring your own tupperware or other reusable containers or wraps to package food on the go
  • Say no to plastic straws- you can purchase reusable metal, bamboo or silicone ones if you can’t go without!
  • Bring your own bag everywhere instead of purchasing a plastic one at the shop
  • Bring your own metal or bamboo cutlery if eating on the go
  • There are a variety of bamboo toiletry products such as toothbrushes, and cotton buds as well as reusable sanitary products such as the menstrual cup, and reusable sanitary towels
  • Join a community garden to grow your own local fruit and veg, packaging free. There are also veg boxes that you can order from local farmers that also deliver plastic packaging free veg. Keep an eye on the soil association website to find one that delivers to your local area.
  • Zero waste shops - Lavemill Larder in Troon is a local zero waste shop
  • The zero waste near me website is a good tool for finding zero waste businesses in your locality
  • Need some more inspiration? Visit Zero Waste Scotland to find out more!

Here are a few recycling options

  • Crisp packets are a tricky one but there is a walkers crisp packet collection point in Troon.
  • Terra cycle also recycle a number of other hard-to-recycle waste and they have a number of free programmes funded by brands, manufacturers, and retailers to help you collect and recycle your hard-to-recycle waste.

A lot of these solutions require some forward planning but the results can often include a healthier lifestyle, financial savings as well as a reduction in your ecological footprint.