£8.4m Waste Funding Announced At Scottish Resources Conference

Projects which are increasing recycling rates, reducing emissions and reusing resources are to receive a share of £8.4m of funding, it has been announced today by Scotland’s  Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham, speaking at the Scottish Resources Conference.

Around half of that funding – £4.2m – will help 17 small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs) develop new products, including those that will reuse whisky by-products, waste plastic and household furniture, through the Circular Economy Investment Fund.

The quantity and quality of recycling will be improved through the other £4.2m, which is being made available this year to some of the 26 councils which have signed up to the Scottish Household Recycling Charter – an initiative which is helping councils move towards a consistent recycling system.

Announcing the funding at the Scottish Resources Conference, Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham said: “While we have made steady progress on recycling with the amount of household waste recycled in 2016 reaching 45.2% we want to see the pace of these improvements increase. Our investment will make it easier for households and businesses to put their things in the right bin by removing some of the confusion of different systems and working towards a national recycling system.

“As our need to tackle climate change becomes ever more urgent it is crucial that we invest in keeping materials in circulation for as long as possible. Our funding will also make it possible for SMEs to reuse food and drink and textiles and repurpose them into new products which will create jobs and reduce emissions.

“This investment, on top of our Programme for Government commitments of introducing a deposit return scheme and looking at ways of tackling our unnecessary throwaway culture will help Scotland become a cleaner and greener country.”

Iain Gulland, chief executive, Zero Waste Scotland which manages the Circular Economy Investment Fund, said: “We received a fantastic response to our call for new products and concepts to our Circular Economy Investment Fund so far, proposals which really demonstrate innovation and circular thinking in Scottish business.

“We’re grateful for the support of Scottish Government and European Regional Development Funding, which is helping to make the development some of these new ideas possible. These new design and business ideas are going to be crucial to changing the way we make and do things. Scotland has the potential to lead the way in this area and I’m excited to see these new businesses develop.”


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