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New fund will help keep plastics out the sea

The amount of money available to support innovative projects aimed at tackling marine plastic pollution has been doubled.

Zero Waste Scotland will now begin accepting expressions of interest to a new fund designed to respond to the problem of plastic waste in the sea.

The announcement was made at the Scottish Resources Conference in Edinburgh by Roseanna Cunningham MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform. It brings to £1 million the amount available to support solutions in marine plastics capture, collection and recovery, which includes support from the European Regional Development Fund.

This includes funding from Marine Scotland to trial demonstration technologies in Scotland, aimed at addressing the issue of litter sinks and the removal of plastics from our seas.

Zero Waste Scotland Chief Executive Iain Gulland, welcomed the announcement: “Scotland’s marine environment is increasingly suffering from our throwaway habits, and very visibly when it comes to the proliferation of single-use plastics. We know this is an issue people across Scotland are keen to see action on. 

“Through these funds, we are looking to invest in innovative projects which prevent plastics entering the marine environment or propose operational solutions to capture, collect, recover and reprocess marine waste plastics - allowing them to be processed for high value recovery.  These projects have the potential to benefit our environment, our economy and our coastlines.”

Zero Waste Scotland will administer the finances of the demonstration technologies element through their Circular Economy Investment Fund and Waste Prevention Implementation Fund.

Expressions of interest should be submitted to Zero Waste Scotland by Friday 16th November 2018.

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