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Scotland launches £5 million plastic recycling fund

Zero Waste Scotland is launching a £5 million capital grant scheme to develop plastics recycling infrastructure in the country.

The scheme was launched on 26 February on behalf of the Scottish Government as part of its Zero Waste Scotland programme. The money will be awarded to facilities capable of sorting, recycling and reprocessing a range of plastic waste, with a focus on plastic packaging and bottles from household waste.

Currently, 200,000 tonnes of household plastic waste is generated in Scotland each year but just 15,000 tonnes is collected for recycling. It is hoped the fund will increase plastic recycling by an additional 20,000 tonnes each year.

Programme director of Zero Waste Scotland Iain Gulland said: There is potential to massively increase plastics recycling in Scotland. The Scottish governments ambition for zero waste means that things like plastic bottles and packaging, which have value as a secondary material, should never go to landfill.

Zero Waste Scotland will be able to fund up to 30% of the total eligible capital costs of the project which may include buildings, access roads and purchasing plant and equipment.

Scottish government cabinet secretary Richard Lochhead said: The potential spin-offs are exciting. If we sort and recycle the plastics here, we can provide the raw materials for a new generation of manufacturing businesses and create jobs at the same time.


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