Scotland's government has announced it will spend £6 million to support community recycling.
Environment Minister Ross Finnie revealed £5m would go to charitable organisations between 2006 and 2008.
The remaining £1m will go to the Community Recycling Network for Scotland (CRNS) during the same time period.
"Many community recycling groups provide employment and training opportunities for disadvantaged people and provide refurbished goods helping us in our drive to create a safer and more equitable society."
CRNS acting chairman Matt Lewis added: "This is tremendous news for the sector and we thank the minister very much for the funding.
"The figures are themselves significant but perhaps more importantly the funding represents real commitment from the Scottish Executive for the role that our sector plays, not just at the moment, but also in the future."