Trash Picking

Our Work - overview

The Scarab Trust was set up in 1993 and ran a number of Energy and Waste related projects from its inception until the mid 2000’s. It was revived in 2018 to help reduce single use plastic pollution and in particular is focusing on changing behaviour around Litter. 

Plastic Action

current project: changing behaviour around litter

Stage One: Networking Hackney Stakeholders (Spring 2019)

In partnership with Hackney Council we ran a local project in Hackney that successfully brought together the different sectors involved:

  • National Organisations (Keep Britain Tidy, Clean Up Britain, CPRE*…);

  • Environmental pressure groups (Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace, Surfers against Sewage, Marine Conservation Society) and 

  • Local activist and volunteer organisations (PlasticFree Hackney, ZeroWasteNearMe, Plogolution, Plastic Pirates, Volunteer Centre Hackney, Sustainable Hackney, National Citizen Service and other Youth organisations)

to identify and clarify the different types of intervention that would help to change behaviour on the streets of Hackney.

Stage Two: Reaching out from Stage One (June 2020 - date)

For the follow-on project we are building on the consensus building lessons from Stage One and taking advantage of the growth in familiarity with Zoom- style technology to replicate this process with a wider geographic remit.

The principal objective is to

  1. add focus to current national activity by all those concerned about litter by setting up a cross-sector infrastructure network and

  2. provide better communication involving similar sectors to Stage One but with wider scope, especially to encourage young people to take leading roles.

This will work along a number of ‘channels’ specific to different elements that are considered relevant solutions to the problem of litter, including for example:

  • a renewed national campaign

  • deposit return systems

  • extended producer responsibility legislation and

  • other behaviour change mechanisms: social media; celebrity endorsement etc.

The intention is for members of the network to be able to sign up to any number of channel ‘focus groups’ and take part in on-line structured workshop/discussions, consensus building and action planning. 

Current work: Developing the structure of the network and recruiting advisory panels from the different sectors. 


Previous Scarab Trust & Trustee Projects

  • Educational visits to schools around waste and recycling (1993)

  • Research & Development: Renewables Factsheet for CORE Green Forum* (1994); Anaerobic Digestion Factsheet (1995)

  • Renewables Exhibition at the CREATE* Centre Bristol (1996)

  • Energy Watchdog - local community household energy reduction project sponsored by local authority (1997)

  • WWF*/NatWest Small business toolkit - Project developing Waste section of national toolkit with 12 local Bristol businesses (1995-’97)

  • Open Space Workshop for Schumacher Society (1999)

  • South Gloucester Waste Minimisation Project - 14 small businesses to reduce waste costs (1998 – 2000)

  • REWARD Programme - an Environment Agency (EA) led project exploring the environmental impact of Regional Strategies (e.g. Economic, Waste) within the regional policy framework (Sep ‘02 – Nov ’04)


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Scarab: For the Egyptians Khepri, the Scarab God, represented the rising sun and symbolised the renewal of life and the idea of eternal existence; the sun: the source of Earth’s energy; the scarab beetle: one of Nature’s recyclers. For us the scarab beetle can represent a sustainable future through responsible use of resources.


CORE Green Forum: established in the 1990s, as a sub-group of CORE (building industry information and networking) and was an early initiative in the field of sustainable building design and energy conservation.

CPRE: Council for the Protection of Rural England
Create Centre: Environment Centre in Bristol

EA: Environment Agency

Open Space: a form of workshop capable of delivering targeted outputs from a large set of conflicting inputs and perspectives

Sustainable Community: A sustainable community lives in harmony with its local environment and does not cause damage to distant environments or other communities - now or in the future. Quality of life and the interests of future generations are valued above immediate material consumption and economic growth.

WWF: World Wide Fund for Nature


a UK regional sustainable consumption research & reporting programme.