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Platform to aid stretched waste collection services

Service links local authorities with private operator capacity

28 Apr 20

A platform designed to connect local authorities requiring support in maintaining their waste services and private operators with capacity to help, has been launched by Zero Waste Scotland.

Developed with data and analytics specialist Topolytics, the online system will help to pool resources at a time when front line services are increasingly stretched as a result of coronavirus.

The platform allows local authorities who may be temporarily short of resource, such as staff for waste collection vehicles or vehicles themselves, to match with organisations that could help fill the gaps. Private operators can list what they can offer for local authority use.

The project is a result of discussions between Zero Waste Scotland, SEPA, COSLA, waste industry trade associations SESA, RMAS, REA, and the Scottish Government.

Iain Gulland, chief executive of Zero Waste Scotland, said: “We are looking at every possible way we can aid local authorities to maintain their key services. Discussions revealed there may be capacity elsewhere in the waste sector, and we have worked quickly to develop a system that could match additional resources with those in need.”

The platform follows on from the recent launch of a nationwide campaign aimed to raise awareness of changes to local waste collections, providing guidance and directing householders to up-date-information.

Householders and businesses can receive updates and guidance on how to manage waste at managingourwaste.scot.

Local authorities and private sector operators can access the platform at https://scotlandwastecapacityplatform.org/  

 

Notes For Editors

About Zero Waste Scotland

Zero Waste Scotland exists to lead Scotland to use products and resources responsibly, focusing on where we can have the greatest impact on climate change. 

Using evidence and insight, our goal is to inform policy, and motivate individuals and businesses to embrace the environmental, economic, and social benefits of a circular economy. 

We are a not-for-profit environmental organisation, funded by the Scottish Government and European Regional Development Fund.

More information on all Zero Waste Scotland’s programmes can be found at https://www.zerowastescotland.org.uk/. You can also keep up to date with the latest from Zero Waste Scotland via our social media channels - Twitter | Facebook | LinkedIn

The Scottish Government is the Managing Authority for the European Structural Funds 2014-20 Programme. For further information visit our website or follow @scotgovESIF.

 

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