Zero Waste Scotland has introduced three new waste funds in a bid to encourage innovative projects that can tackle food waste, cut the amount of litter accumulating on streets and bring about an increased level of recycling amongst Scottish households.
The funds have been allocated as part of a £10m Zero Waste Scotland project that is investing in infrastructure and capacity to help achieve the ultimate ambition of a zero waste Scotland.
The new funds are:
Litter and Fly-tipping Fund
Money will go towards supporting projects and schemes that can help cut the levels of litter and fly-tipping throughout Scotland. Local authorities, charities and NGOs are being asked to apply for grants that can range from £2,000 to £50,000.
Local Recycling Communications Fund
This fund is specifically targeted at projects that will help to raise awareness of recycling and waste issues; helping to motivate public behaviour change and increase the types/levels of materials collected.
Consumer Behaviour Innovation Fund
Organisations can apply for grants from anywhere between £3,000 and £30,000 to support ideas that are specifically related to influencing the behaviour of the public so as to increase recycling levels and cut down on the amount of food households throw away.
Iain Gulland, Zero Waste Scotland – These new funds – part of our strategic commitment to a zero waste society – will help people to reduce litter and waste and increase recycling and re-use. We look forward to working with others to make a real difference”
Director of Zero Waste Scotland, Iain Gulland, said: “Zero Waste Scotland sees investment in innovation and capacity building as key to driving the move to a zero waste society, which will bring benefits to our environment and create jobs and economic growth.
“It is particularly important that we support people to practice the right behaviours through education, awareness and practical encouragement. These new funds – part of our strategic commitment to a zero waste society – will help people to reduce litter and waste and increase recycling and re-use. We look forward to working with others to make a real difference.”
Applications for the Litter and Fly-tipping and Consumer Behaviour funds must be submitted by Friday 13 September, with the Local Recycling Communications deadline not coming until the end of December.