The Scottish Government has announced £3.5 million for community-led recycling projects under the Investment in Community Recycling and Social Enterprise (Increase III) funding programme.
Scotlands Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead acknowledged the invaluable role the community sector has in helping Scotland hit its 2025 target to recycle 70% of its municipal waste. He said that this was why the money had been allocated.
The money will support development of household reuse facilities from which goods will be redistributed to housing associations. Other schemes to benefit include paint collection and reprocessing, business food waste collections, and domestic and business wood waste collections.
Lochhead added: I welcome these innovative solutions put forward by communities which are pushing back the boundaries in preventing and reducing waste.
Waste & Resources Action Programme director for Scotland Iain Gulland said: I am pleased to see so many excellent projects coming forward from the community recycling sector for this funding. The enterprise projects in particular demonstrate the business-minded approach the sector is taking, seeing this funding as an investment in their future.
"Community recycling provides a robust business model which builds a solid future in terms of local jobs and environmental sustainability is a key part in delivering a Zero Waste Scotland".
Increase III was set up earlier this year by the Scottish Government. It will be managed by the Waste & Resources Action Programme Scotland, which will distribute £7.5 million over the three year Increase scheme.
Bike project puts the cycle into recycle
Scotlands Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead visited the Recycle to Cycle project at the Bike Station in Edinburgh (pictured), which has received £133,000 to develop its work diverting old bike parts from landfill to be used for new bikes.