Zero Waste Scotland announce funding to improve recycling quality

Zero Waste Scotland has launched a new £90,000 capital grant fund for Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) operators to purchase standardised testing equipment enabling them to effectively test, monitor and record their material quality.

5 Nov 14

The funding comes ahead of the Scottish Government’s MRF Code of Practice which will be introduced in 2015 and will aim to improve the quality of materials processed through qualifying[1] facilities by developing standardised testing processes and reporting mechanisms for all input materials.

The funding is open to any MRF located in Scotland and processing at least 1,000 tonnes of dry mixed recyclables a year. 

Iain Gulland, Chief Executive, Zero Waste Scotland said:

“I’m delighted to announce this new funding which will provide MRF operators with the financial assistance to allow them to introduce quality testing infrastructure to meet the future requirements of the MRF Code of Practice.  In addition to this funding, we are looking at the possibility of offering training on improved quality testing and data reporting processes to support the introduction of the Code of Practice.

“By improving the quality of materials entering the market, we’re keeping them in a high value state for as long as possible, helping to contribute to the development of a circular economy – where resources flow in a cycle of re-use rather than being wasted.”

Applications will be assessed on a rolling basis.  The deadline for applying is 12 noon on the 15th December 2014.  To apply visit

[1] Qualifying facilities are defined as those that receive, or are likely to receive 1,000 tonnes or more of mixed dry recyclable materials (comprising of two or more materials) for sorting in any rolling 12 month period.

Notes For Editors

  • Zero Waste Scotland is funded by the Scottish Government to support the delivery of its Zero Waste Plan and other low carbon and resource efficiency policy priorities.
  • Zero Waste Scotland is helping Scotland to become more efficient in its use of resources. As a facilitator and enabler of change, we help to reduce waste, increase energy efficiency and promote responsible water use – all as part of a journey towards a low-carbon, sustainable economy.
  • Zero Waste Scotland has six key delivery priorities for 2014-15. These are: Supporting a circular economy; Harnessing the value of recycling; Transforming attitudes to food waste; Reducing the impacts of litter; Implementing resource efficiency savings; Accelerating the development of low carbon heat.
  • More information on all Zero Waste Scotland’s programmes can be found . You can also keep up to date with the latest from Zero Waste Scotland though via our social media channels - Twitter | Facebook | Google Plus |LinkedIn

For media enquiries, contact:

Chloe Bellany, PR Officer, Zero Waste Scotland
t: 01786 239764
m: 07540517127

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