The remanufacturing sector presents a fantastic economic opportunity for Scotland, and Zero Waste Scotland (ZWS) says it is focused on getting the right infrastructure and supply of products and materials in place for Scotland to reap the rewards.
Remanufacturing in Scotland has the potential to grow rapidly from its current value of £1.1bn. By 2020 it could grow by a further £620m and create up to 5,700 new jobs. The industry already employs some 17,000 people across the country.
Enabling the return of high-value, priority products and materials, such as electronics and machinery, back into remanufacture is the key to developing a thriving, profitable remanufacture and reuse economy in Scotland and is the focus of the latest initiative from ZWS to boost these sectors.
We are looking for innovative solutions to the challenges of capturing the high-value products currently gathering dust or otherwise falling through the cracks in homes, as well as commercial and industrial premises, that could be feeding a remanufacturing boom.
To crack the problem of how we can capture more items such as small electronics, commercial and industrial machinery equipment (such as automotive parts, medical equipment or even railway rolling stock), furniture, or packaging – from where they fall outwith the system and channel these effectively into remanufacturing and reuse, we Are opening a competitive fund offering awards of up to £100,000 over two years to trial or replicate innovative solutions within Scotland for the first time.
As Scotland’s resource efficiency expert, ZWS is committed to the development of a more circular economy, where materials are kept in productive use as long as possible. We are keen to use the expertise and contacts of business to help solve the issues that will help these sectors reach their potential.
We’re looking to hear from bidders by 18 September with a commercially sustainable, robust business plan that potentially plugs into existing networks and could create jobs and training opportunities.
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.
Bidders should hold Revolve accreditation, or equivalent, for private sectors: apply via our website here.