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Funding available for businesses with big ideas to cut food waste

Businesses with big ideas to cut food waste could be in the running for up to £1million in support to help them bring their plans to market.  

2 Nov 18

Zero Waste Scotland made the call for Expressions of Interest at the close of the Circular Economy Hotspot, an international circular economy business event held from 30 October to 1 November in Glasgow. The funding is supported by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the Scottish Government.

Estimates suggest that the amount of food which could have been eaten but instead is thrown away by food service outlets is equivalent to 1 in 6 meals. Research indicates that up to 75% of food waste from the food service sector could be avoided and a staggering £166 million could be saved through food waste prevention in the hospitality and food services sector alone.

Grants of up to £1m are available for projects that will drive forward innovative, transformational, cost-effective and collaborative approaches to keeping food-based products in high value use, or to reducing waste in the food supply chain.

One exemplar food waste prevention project is Jaw Brew’s HardTack beer, which is made using leftover bread from Aulds bakery. The beer was included in the Taste Festival, which closed the Circular Economy Hotspot and showcased some of the food and drink businesses already making progress in cutting waste and turning what could have been thrown away into valuable products.

Iain Gulland, Chief Executive, Zero Waste Scotland, said:

“Cutting down on food waste isn’t just good for the planet, it’s good for business, too.  The Circular Economy Hotspot has showcased some of Scotland’s best circular economy businesses to a global audience and we know there is huge economic potential for businesses with ideas to reduce food waste. We hope that by highlighting this funding we will encourage more SMEs to come forward with innovative ideas to cut waste and create new business opportunities. When it comes to food waste, there is no trade-off between doing the right thing for the climate and doing the right thing for your business.”

Small and medium sized businesses are invited to submit an expression of interest on the Zero Waste Scotland website: https://www.zerowastescotland.org.uk/circular-economy/food-waste-fund

Notes For Editors

  • The Circular Economy Investment Fund and the Waste Prevention Implementation Fund are part of Zero Waste Scotland’s Resource Efficient Circular Economy Accelerator Programme, which will invest £73m in circular economy and resource efficiency projects, thanks to support from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
  • Zero Waste Scotland exists to create a society where resources are valued and nothing is wasted. Our goal is to help Scotland realise the economic, environmental and social benefits of making best use of the world’s limited natural resources. We are funded to support delivery of the Scottish Government’s circular economy strategy and the EU Action Plan for the Circular Economy.
  • Zero Waste Scotland launched the Resource Efficient Scotland programme in 2013 to help small to medium sized businesses and organisations save money and energy by using resources more efficiently. It is funded by the European Structural Funds Programme and the Scottish Government. Find out more at www.resourceefficientscotland.org.uk
  • The Resource Efficient Circular Economy Accelerator Programme Fund is administered by Zero Waste Scotland on behalf of the Scottish Government. It is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
  • The Scottish Government is the Managing Authority for the European Structural Funds 2014-20 Programme. For further information visit the website or follow @scotgovESIF.
  • More information on all Zero Waste Scotland’s programmes can be found at www.zerowastescotland.org.uk. You can also keep up to date with the latest from Zero Waste Scotland though via our social media channels - Twitter | Facebook | LinkedIn

For media enquiries contact:

David Weir, Senior PR Officer, Zero Waste Scotland

Mobile 07966 272462

Email David.Weir@zerowastescotland.org.uk

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