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Cash boost for plastics in Scotland

A new loan fund in Scotland is targetting companies able to recycle plastics, including cling film and uPVC windows.

The £2.5m fund to be administered by Zero Waste Scotland and Scottish Enterprise offers direct financial support to organisations to develop plastics sorting and reprocessing facilities in Scotland.

It will support a range of projects covering different types of plastic products, including that have traditionally been more difficult to recycle, like plastic films, uPVC window and door frames and plastics from waste electrical equipment.

Of Scotland’s 500,000 tonnes of waste plastic last year, around 20% was recycled and most of this was sent to facilities in England or overseas.

Environment secretary Richard Lochhead said: “With 280 million bottles collected for recycling a year, Scotland is already making progress in realising the value of waste plastic.

“Zero Waste Scotland’s research highlights how there is potential for businesses to recycle more and different varieties of plastic. The loan fund has been set up to support businesses to take these types of ventures forward.

“With the price and demand for raw materials increasing globally we need to develop ways to keep high-quality materials in Scotland and reduce our dependence on raw materials from overseas.”

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