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Fund launched to stimulate growth in Scottish recycling

Zero Waste Scotland has introduced a £1.5m fund to help resource managers in Scotland target specific, under-developed commercial recycling opportunities.

The Priority Materials Capital Grant Programme, which is funded by the Scottish Government, will be available to private and third sector organisations working in the resource management industry, as well as local authorities.

They will be able to apply for grants of up to £160,000, not to exceed 50% of total project costs. A minimum of 80% of the grant must be used for capital costs.

Scottish Environment Secretary, Richard Lochhead, said: “Our vision for zero waste is about getting the greatest value from materials within our economy by recycling and re-using them over again here in Scotland. 

“It’s about doing the right thing for the environment whilst at the same time creating opportunities for jobs and growth.”

Iain Gulland, Director of Zero Waste Scotland, said: “We know from research there are a number of untapped business opportunities in recycling and re-use that could create jobs and benefit the economy here in Scotland. 

“By targeting investment around these identified priority areas, we know we can help Scotland progress towards its ambitious zero waste targets whilst also growing Scottish businesses.”

Opportunities identified by Zero Waste Scotland include:

  • Recycling waste carpets and mattresses
  • Washing clothes and other textiles for re-use
  • Extracting valuable materials from WEEEs and scrap vehicles
  • Improving existing recycling of paper, plastics, glass and cans
  • Collecting and processing PVC from the construction and demolition sector

Gulland added: “We are here to help suitable projects get off the ground, and can provide expert support as well as capital investment.”

The fund is set to run until March 2015.

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