Zero Waste Scotland (ZWS) is launching a fund to boost the collection of items for remanufacturing.
The body is offering up to £100,000 to those who can demonstrate innovative ways to increase the capture of items such as small electronics, commercial and industrial machinery equipment, furniture or packaging.
Successful bidders will receive the funding for trials that can last up to two years.
ZWS says the Scottish remanufacturing sector has the potential to grow by an additional £620m by 2020 from its current value of £1.1bn.
This would create up to 5,700 jobs on top of the 17,000 people who are already employed in the sector.
Bidders are required to pitch their ideas by 18 September, and will need to demonstrate a “commercially sustainable, robust business plan”.
ZWS says it has the budget to fund multiple bids but is waiting for the submitted proposals before determining the total allocation.
Iain Gulland, ZWS chief executive, left, said: “As Scotland’s resource efficiency expert, ZWS is committed to the development of a more circular economy. We are keen to use the expertise and contacts of business to help solve the issues that will help these sectors reach their potential.
“There is no restriction – we are interested in applications from large organisations, start-ups or consortia, in the private or third sectors – but the ability to collaborate effectively will be the key.”
Applications are can be made through this link.