Zero Waste Scotland has launched a new £90,000 capital grant fund for Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) operators to purchase standardised testing equipment enabling them to effectively test, monitor and record their material quality.
The funding comes ahead of the Scottish Government’s MRF Code of Practice which will be introduced in 2015 and will aim to improve the quality of materials processed through qualifying facilities by developing standardised testing processes and reporting mechanisms for all input materials.
The funding is open to any MRF located in Scotland and processing at least 1,000 tonnes of dry mixed recyclables a year.
Iain Gulland, chief executive, Zero Waste Scotland said: “I’m delighted to announce this new funding which will provide MRF operators with the financial assistance to allow them to introduce quality testing infrastructure to meet the future requirements of the MRF Code of Practice.
Iain Gulland, Zero Waste Scotland – “By improving the quality of materials entering the market, we’re keeping them in a high value state for as long as possible, helping to contribute to the development of a circular economy – where resources flow in a cycle of re-use rather than being wasted”
In addition to this funding, we are looking at the possibility of offering training on improved quality testing and data reporting processes to support the introduction of the Code of Practice.
“By improving the quality of materials entering the market, we’re keeping them in a high value state for as long as possible, helping to contribute to the development of a circular economy – where resources flow in a cycle of re-use rather than being wasted.”
Applications will be assessed on a rolling basis. The deadline for applying is 12 noon on the 15 December 2014.
The news comes after Environment Secretary, Richard Lochhead, announced funding for the Scottish Institute of Remanufacture, a pan-Scottish hub which will focus on realising the vast value in the materials and components within the products the country recycles.
The announcement was made during the Environment Secretary’s speech at the Scottish Resources Conference (See CIWM Journal Online story), which is delivered by CIWM and Zero Waste Scotland, which is dedicated to Scotland’s resources industry.
Lochhead also confirmed the creation of a Scottish Materials Brokerage Service – a one stop shop to grow Scotland’s reprocessing sector, and help the public sector to get a better deal for the recycled materials collected from their communities.
Lochhead said: “It is astounding that an estimated £50m worth of gold will potentially be wasted in Scotland in the next five years through disposal of electronics like computers and phones.
“By bringing a more circular approach to the way we manage our resources, we can change that. And by channelling expertise into better remanufacturing, we can ensure that valuable components can be recovered and reused.”
To apply visit www.zerowastescotland.org.uk/MRF_Fund