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Still time for refill fund applications for Scottish island retailers

The final call has gone out for island retailers to apply for funding to introduce reusable options in store and eradicate wasteful packaging, as applications close at 5pm on 16 November.  

9 Nov 20

Still time for refill fund applications for Scottish island retailers 

The final call has gone out for island retailers to apply for funding to introduce reusable options in store and eradicate wasteful packaging, as applications close at 5pm on 16 November.  

Zero Waste Scotland will administer a total of £600,000 in grant funding provided by the Scottish Government and European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) to empower shops, from Shetland to Arran and all the islands in between, to take the next steps in the war on waste by ditching single-use packaging and moving to reusable options.  

Finance from the Islands Green Recovery Programme Refill Fund will be provided for equipment that enables customers to obtain grocery products in reusable containers brought from home. This includes dispensers for dry goods such as cereals, pulses, grains, herbs, spices, pasta and rice, liquid items such as milk, fruit juices, oils and vinegars, and other products such as laundry detergents, washing up liquids, fabric softeners and liquid soaps. 

Iain Gulland, chief executive of Zero Waste Scotland, said: “We’d urge retailers on the islands to get in touch to find out what could be available for them and to register their interest as soon as possible. The scheme aims to help communities continue to access staple products whilst reducing the volume of waste. 

“Single-use packaging has a particularly damaging effect on island communities and people are increasingly seeing its effects in the countryside, beaches and seas around them.   

“As well as reducing waste, by opting for reuse we also reduce our carbon footprint by eliminating the need to extract, transport and manufacture materials to make new products.” 

The scheme is part of a larger £2million programme designed to inspire locally-led green projects as part of the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Some pioneering shops have already started using package free dispensers but the new scheme would see cash made available to existing small and medium sized enterprises in the isles to make the transition.   

Across Scotland around 130kg of packaging per household generates an estimated 650,000 tonnes of global production emissions per year. Single-use grocery packaging also creates litter.  

Single use grocery packaging, from tubs and trays to bottles and bags account for around 13 per cent of all household waste across the country. 

The Islands Green Recovery Programme Refill Fund is 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).  

For further details please contact IGRP@zerowastescotland.org.uk or visit  https://www.zerowastescotland.org.uk/funding/single-use-packaging-target...

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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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