A testing regime for materials recycling facility (MRFs) in Scotland will be introduced in 2015, Zero Waste Scotland has indicated.
The organisation will give up to £90,000 to MRF operators wanting to invest in testing equipment ahead of the launch of the code of practice.
The move had been mentioned in a Recyclate Quality Action Plan that the Scottish Government submitted for consultation in December 2012.
The statutory arrangement would require all MRFs handling more than 1,000 tonnes of materials per year to measure the composition of inputs and outputs using a standardised approach and file quarterly reports to the Scottish Environment Protection Agency.
Zero Waste Scotland has indicated the Scottish Government’s MRF Code of Practice will be launched in Spring 2015, but no futher details have been released.
Plants located in Scotland and processing at least 1,000 tonnes of dry mixed recyclables a year can apply for grants of up to £10,000 to buy testing equipment.
Iain Gulland, chief executive at Zero Waste Scotland, said: “By improving the quality of materials entering the market, we’re keeping them in a high value state for as long as possible, helping to contribute to the development of a circular economy – where resources flow in a cycle of re-use rather than being wasted.”
The deadline for applications is 12 noon on the 15 December. More information is available here.
A spokesperson for the Scottish Environmental Services Association said: “Under the new Code, MRF operators will be required to sample input and output streams and record the composition and quality of the materials. We welcome Zero Waste Scotland’s announcement that funding is to be made available to help MRF operators with the new material testing requirements.”