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Investment for re-use and recycling in Scotland

Projects which are increasing recycling rates, reducing emissions and re-using resources are to receive a share of £8.4million in funding.

Around half of that money will be allocated through the Circular Economy Investment Fund to help 17 small businesses drive re-use of products and materials – a key element of Scotland’s circular economy ambitions.

Projects include re-using whisky by-products, waste plastic and household furniture.

Piles of waste plastic

A further £4.2million is being made available to some of the 26 councils signed up to the Scottish Household Recycling Charter – an initiative which is helping councils move towards a consistent recycling system.

Paper and plastic ready for recycling

The funding was announced by Roseanna Cunningham, Cabinet Secretary for the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, at the Scottish Resources Conference.

 Roseanna Cunningham, Cabinet Secretary for the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform speaking at the Scottish Resource Conference

Ms Cunningham visited Marine Biopolymers, which is receiving more than £138,000 through the Circular Economy Investment Fund, at the conference. The company’s funded project focuses on the recovery of high-value cellulose from Scottish seaweed, and further converting it into seaweed nano-cellulose – a global first.

 Roseanna Cunningham, Cabinet Secretary for the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform visiting the Zero Waste Scotland stand

To find out more about circular economy support for business, including the Circular Economy Investment Fund, visit www.zerowastescotland.org.uk/circular-economy.

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