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Scotland invests £5m in plastics recycling infrastructure

A capital grant scheme of £5 million to develop plastic recycling infrastructure in Scotland has been announced.

Scottish Government Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead said the money would come from the Zero Waste Fund over two years, for 2009/10.

Most of the waste plastics collected in Scotland are processed in England or Wales, or overseas, in China for example. The grants programme aims to change this.

Lochhead said: I want to see an improved infrastructure for plastic in Scotland and hope that the scheme will kick off significant investment in this area.

"By getting reprocessing operations up and running within Scotland we will reduce the amount of carbon emitted by shipping plastic overseas.

"Getting these operations going will not just be a boost to the environment, there are considerable economic benefits including job creation to be taken advantage of - particularly welcome in these difficult economic times.

"The Waste & Resource Action Programme Scotland will administer the scheme, the precise detail of which we hope to have finalised with CoSLA shortly.

The Secretary said that the next 12 months would be hugely significant for his Governments aspirations to become a zero waste society. Other developments coming up include the revision of Scotlands National Waste Plan and waste awareness campaigns.



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