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Community empowerment to tackle climate change

Community action to combat climate change is driving progress towards a more sustainable Scotland.

Scotland is celebrating a landmark 1,000 community projects funded through the Climate Challenge Fund.

More than £100million in funding has been awarded to projects across Scotland to drive up re-use and recycling and reduce food waste in the past decade.

Iain Gulland, Chief Executive, Zero Waste Scotland, said: “Communities are right at the core of Scotland’s efforts to accelerate a more circular economy, so it is fantastic to see the 1000th project funded through the Climate Challenge Fund.

“Scotland’s community sector is thriving. There’s work underway to drive up re-use and recycling and tackle food waste in three new Zero Waste Towns, we recently marked to delivery of a series of well-attended local Food Waste Prevention Weeks across the country, and are in the middle of a Pass it on Week that has seen record levels of engagement.

“Using investment from the European Regional Development Fund, we look forward to continuing work with partners to make a difference in Scotland’s communities.”

The £15.3million 2018-20 CCF is made up of £14.3 million from the Scottish Government and £1 million from the European Regional Development Fund – part of the European Structural Funds programme.

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