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Scotland gets £3.8m recycling capacity boost

Environment secretary Richard Lochhead has announced new funding to develop the country’s sorting, reuse and reprocessing infrastructure.

The Scottish Recycling Fund offers £3.8m to businesses with ‘innovative ideas’ for transforming waste into ‘high value new materials’

The fund is applicable to the following materials:

  • plastics
  • tyres
  • textiles
  • glass
  • industrial food and drink processing waste
  • waste electrical and electronic equipment
  • plasterboard

Lochhead said: “By increasing our capacity to deal with this waste here in Scotland, we’ll be less exposed to volatile overseas markets, creating more of the useful raw materials that our business sector requires.

“Realising the value in our waste materials like plastics, textiles and glass will make our economy more circular, while reducing our carbon emissions.”

Iain Gulland, director of Zero Waste Scotland, said: “This is an opportunity for businesses which have workable ideas but lack the capital, to get access to finance to help them realise their plans.

Meanwhile, resource management company William Tracey Group has warned enforcement of Scotland’s new waste regulations demanding separate collections will escalate.

Managing director Robin Stevenson said: “We believe that a significant proportion of Scottish businesses are not only at risk of prosecution but are also missing a real opportunity to save money and improve their environmental performance.”

“Whilst there has been an initial period of grace, during which Scottish Environment Protection Agency’s enforcement of the regulations has been relatively soft touch, recent comments indicate that this attitude will start to toughen meaning non-compliant business could find themselves facing a fine of up to £10,000.”

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