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New Start Highland wins Business Excellence award in Environmental Sustainability

The 2012 SCDI business excellence awards sees New Start Highland presented with The Scottish Environment Protection Agency Award for Excellence in Environmental Sustainability.

New Start Highland is celebrating the recognition for its valuable environmental work which supports creating opportunities for transforming Highland lives.


newstarthighlandawardEstablished in 2000, New Start Highland has a well-established environmental strategy and has seen over 4,500 tonnes of furniture, household goods and appliances redirected from landfill for reuse in projects throughout the Highlands, whilst working to transform Highland lives.

Currently employing 70 people New Start now operate from sites in Lochaber and Invergordon as well as their newly opened furniture store on Church Street in Inverness. Whilst they continue to provide starter packs they now operate a cycle scheme as well as providing a house furnishing service, removals, painting & decorating, landscaping and garden maintenance services.

Commenting on their success New Start Highland Chief Executive, James Dunbar said:

“We are delighted that New Start Highland’s environmental contribution has been recognised by this award. With over 1,300 bikes brought back into use, 5,000 starter packs distributed, and ¾ million items redirected from waste, New Start have made a real contribution to our environment.

“As a social enterprise New Start's underlying aim since inception has been to assist individuals to unlock their untapped potential and we are delighted to do this whilst making such a positive impact on our environment.”

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency’s Director of Operations, Calum MacDonald added:

New Start Highland not only make a real impact on our environment by redirecting 4,500 tonnes of furniture, household goods and appliances from landfill for reuse but a positive difference to the lives of thousands of people across the Highlands.

“SEPA is delighted to be giving this award in recognition of this work and wish New Start Highland every success going forward.”

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