Zero Waste Scotland Publishes Programme Plans for 2011-15

Zero Waste Scotland, the programme created to support delivery of the Scottish Government’s Zero Waste Plan, has today published details of its Programme Plans for 2011-14.

22 Mar 11

The plan outlines four key programme areas, aligned with the Government’s priorities.  They are: Business Support; Campaigns; Market Development; and Resource Management.

Key activities within these programmes include:

  • A £4 million Food Waste Programme to support collections of food waste from homes and businesses.
  • A  Zero Waste Zones scheme to provide a nationally-recognised framework for communities, schools or workplaces that are taking action to reduce waste.
  • Advice and support to Scottish SME businesses, to help them reduce waste and recycle more
  • Delivery of successful UK-wide voluntary agreements including the Courtauld Commitment and Halving Waste to Landfill with the food and drink and construction sectors respectively.
  • An Innovation Fund to inspire resource efficient product and packaging design and new resource management technologies.
  • An accredited reuse and repair network to make it easier for people to access reuse services and ensure quality standards are met
  • Local action to tackle litter and fly-tipping and increase access to ‘on the go’ recycling facilities.
  • Continued investment in plastics sorting and reprocessing facilities to enable a wider range of plastics to be recycled.
  • Comprehensive support to councils including technical guidance and direct communications support.

Combined, the agreed programmes will deliver the following provisional targets, which are still to be confirmed:

  • 370,000 tonnes of waste diverted from landfill
  • 1.1 million tonnes of avoided CO2 emissions
  • £370 million of cost savings to business
  • £24 million of sales growth in resource management businesses
  • 710,000 tonnes of primary resource use avoided
  • 570,000 tonnes of waste prevented

The budget for the Zero Waste Scotland programme in 2011/12 is £25 million.

Iain Gulland, Director of Zero Waste Scotland, said:

“Zero Waste Scotland has been created to provide a ‘one stop shop’ for businesses, individuals and communities looking to reduce waste, recycle more and use resources sustainably.

“Our programme plans for 2011 onwards will aim to bring people together around a shared vision for making Scotland a zero waste society.  We have targeted practical steps across priority sectors and materials which can make a real difference.”

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