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Circular economy takes off in Scotland

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Zero Waste Scotland’s chief executive Iain Gulland (pictured) says the country is putting the circular economy (CE) on a practical footing because of investment from the Scottish Government and the EU.

Gulland’s remarks came in an opening address at the two-day Scottish Resources Conference in Edinburgh, when he said that, since the CE Investment Fund was opened in March, 35 organisations had sought funding totalling £14m of the £18m available.

He also announced that small and medium-sized enterprises in particular sectors would soon be encouraged to bid for the remainder of the fund.

“Earlier this year, an £18m CE investment programme, managed by Zero Waste Scotland, was launched using funding from the Scottish Government and European Regional Development Fund,” said Gulland.

”This funding has given us a fantastic opportunity to invest in innovative solutions, led by Scottish SMEs, that can be really transformative.

“[This conference] is a great showcase of how we are already operating in a CE, and we hope it inspires others to bring forward ideas that will transform how we do business.”

Delegates also heard from Mathis Wackernagel, president of Global Footprint Network, and Eric Lombardi, executive director of US enterprise Eco-Cycle International and a pioneer of the zero waste movement globally.

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