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Zero Waste Scotland to fund SME improvements

Small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) can now apply for cash from an £80,000 funding pot from Zero Waste Scotland to become more resource efficient.

The fund will provide capital support of up to £10,000 for making operational improvements to reduce raw material use and waste production or packaging. It can also be used for short term employment of skilled staff for special projects with a focus on waste prevention, up to £20,000.

The funding will not be available for equipment to improve onsite waste management and recycling, for example, recycling bins and balers.

Zero Waste Scotland said that it recognised that while SMEs understood the benefits of resource efficiency, they often lacking money and time to put changes into practice.

Successful applicants will have to demonstrate they have already made a commitment to making environmental improvements, and all funded projects will be monitored and evaluated.

The final deadline for applications is 5pm on 18 January 2013. Projects should aim to be completed by 27 September 2013.

For further information go to the Zero Waste Scotland website.

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