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Investment funding to promote zero waste

Zero Waste Scotland has issued a call for innovative projects to encourage more recycling, prevent litter and cut down on food waste.

18 Aug 13

New funding is available as part of more than £10m Zero Waste Scotland is investing this year in infrastructure, innovation and capacity to create a zero waste society.

Three additional new funds are now open:

Litter and Flytipping Fund

New funding is available to support projects which trial new ideas and approaches to help tackle the issues of litter and flytipping in Scotland. Designed to support and inform the information, infrastructure and enforcement elements of the Scottish Government’s draft Litter Strategy. Local authorities, other Duty Bodies, land managers, charities and non-governmental organisations (NGOs), community and third sector organisations, businesses and education establishment are invited to apply for grants with a minimum value of £2,000, to a maximum of £50,000.

Local Recycling Communications Fund

This funding for local authorities in Scotland is designed to help support them with communications activities to engage communities, raise awareness of recycling services and motivate behaviour change in order to increase the quantity and quality of recycled materials collected. Local authorities looking to undertake new communications and engagement initiatives will be able to apply to the Fund until the end of December this year.

Consumer Behaviour Innovation Fund

This fund aims to support ideas and interventions to influence consumer behaviour in relation to recycling and in preventing food waste through the use of innovative engagement interventions.  Third sector groups, organisations and businesses are invited to apply for grants with a value between £3,000 and £30,000.

Iain Gulland, Director of Zero Waste Scotland, said:

“Zero Waste Scotland sees investment in innovation and capacity building as key to driving the move to a zero waste society, which will bring benefits to our environment and create jobs and economic growth.

“It is particularly important that we support people to practice the right behaviours through education, awareness and practical encouragement.  These new funds – part of our strategic commitment to a zero waste society – will help people to reduce litter and waste and increase recycling and re-use.  We look forward to working with others to make a real difference.”

The funding builds on successful returns on investment in similar areas to date.


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