Household recycling segregated into different bins

Recycling Improvement Fund - Projects

01 Dec 23 1 minute read

Since the Recycling Improvement Fund (RIF) opened in March 2021, the total sum awarded is more than £60 million.

In that time a huge amount has already been achieved, with projects being approved the length and breadth of the country, bringing new infrastructure and services to a variety of communities, from city centres to our rural areas. 

To date, 30 projects spread across 21 council areas have received funding from RIF. This is expected to lead to approximately 50,000 tonnes of additional material being recycled annually - equivalent to the weight of five Eiffel Towers – and has the same carbon impact as taking around 30,000 cars off the road for a year. 

Glasgow City Council

Glasgow City Council has received the largest award to date from the Recycling Improvement Fund award: more than £21 million for a new MRF, set to open in 2026, and a new twin-stream kerbside service.

Zero Waste Scotland Head of Resource Management Stuart Murray joined Circular Economy Minister Lorna Slater and Councillor Ruairi Kelly at the site of Glasgow's new material recovery facility.
Three new recycle on the go bins.

South Ayrshire Council

South Ayrshire Council reports it is now recycling one third of all its litter dropped in community parks thanks to new recycle-on-the-go bins funded by the Scottish Government's Recycling Improvement Fund.

Aberdeen City Council

Aberdeen City Council’s updated reuse service has been given the thumbs-up by visitors as over 16,000 reuse items have been sold since its launch, the council reports.  

Photo of the resuse service at Aberdeen City Council funded by the Recycling Improvement Fund