Zero Waste Scotland

ACR+ member Zero Waste Scotland, welcomed the announcement made on 15 February 2016 by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, of a new £70m programme to develop and grow the circular economy in Scotland, as one part of a package of measures to boost manufacturing in Scotland.

The Circular Economy Investment Fund and Service, to be delivered by Zero Waste Scotland and Scottish Enterprise, will help small to medium-sized businesses and other organisations, develop innovative technologies, business models and infrastructure – from proof of concept stage through to implementation. It will also offer development support to businesses seeking to redesign their processes and products, and implement resource efficiency measures. The programme will benefit from more than £70 million of investment – including £30 million from the European Regional Development Fund – which will enable companies to capture new opportunities presented by a move to a more circular economy across a range of sectors, including manufacturing.

The new manufacturing strategy, A Manufacturing Future for Scotland, outlines how government will work with industry and with higher and further education institutions to stimulate innovation, improve productivity and increase investment in Scottish manufacturing in order that it can better compete globally. The Circular Economy Investment Fund and Service will be fully operational from 1 April 2016.  Zero Waste Scotland is now inviting expressions of interest from small to medium sized businesses (including third sector organisations) in priority sectors such as manufacturing, food and drink, energy infrastructure, construction, re-use, remanufacturing, repair and reprocessing.

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