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ZWS assesses reuse barriers

Zero Waste Scotland (ZWS) and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) are investigating the potential for developing the market for reuse and remanufacturing.

Iain Gulland, chief executive of ZWS, says that developing reuse can have far-reaching benefits such as retaining the value of products within the economy, reducing carbon emissions and providing employment and training opportunities.

But he said the organisations were concerned to assess what could hamper its development.

“We have anecdotal evidence that regulation can be perceived as a barrier to growing reuse and remanufacturing and, as part of wider programme of work, ZWS is currently undertaking to increase reuse activity in Scotland, so we are keen to speak to anyone affected by regulation,” he said.

A workshop is being held as part of the assessment for third sector organisations, local authorities, remanufacturers, retailers offering take-back schemes and waste management companies.

The event is on 5 March 2015 in Stirling.

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