Funding for community projects
10 projects across Scotland have been offered a total of £1,221,617.26 to deal with waste at community level.
A composting service in Aberdeen, reusing building materials in Lanarkshire and diverting white goods from landfill in Dundee are among the successful applicants from the ‘INCREASE III’ fund.
This brings the value of successful applications to the fund up to £4.7 million, enabling waste to be dealt with creatively at community level.
Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead said:
‘The latest round of successful projects shows that the community sector is continuing to play a significant role in dealing with waste in a sensible and imaginative way.
‘A number of today’s successful applications epitomise the spirit which we want to see from Scotland’s communities in making this country a cleaner, greener place.
‘I am only too glad to be funding projects such as reusing furniture and diverting white goods from landfill through INCREASE III, which along with the Climate Challenge Fund, is empowering communities to make environmental changes at local level.
‘Everyone must play their part in reducing waste, and only by all working together in this way will we be able to achieve a Zero Waste Scotland.’
WRAP Director for Scotland, Iain Gulland said:
‘The latest projects being funded demonstrate the innovative and dynamic nature of the community sector. Consistent with the Scottish Government’s commitment to Zero Waste, the community sector appears keen to tackle different types of waste not only in terms of helping the environment but also identifying business opportunities thus helping the local economy through job creation.’
A total of £7.5 million is available over the three-year ‘INCREASE III’ scheme. Including today’s announcement, funding of £4.7 million has been awarded to support 36 projects in Scotland.
The support for community recycling has four strands: grants for waste prevention; enterprise (recycling); small grants (under £5000) and capacity building.
‘INCREASE III’ (Investment in Community Recycling and Social Enterprise) funding is distributed through Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) Scotland. This is funded by the Scottish Government to undertake a range of programmes to help individuals, businesses and local authorities reduce waste and recycle more, making better use of resources and helping to tackle climate change.
The Scottish Government’s key targets in relation to municipal waste are:
To stop the growth in municipal waste by 2010.
To achieve 40 per cent recycling/composting of municipal waste by 2010; 50 per cent by 2013; 60 per cent by 2020 and 70 per cent by 2025.
No more than 25 per cent should be treated by energy from waste by 2025.
No more than 5 per cent should be landfilled by 2025.
A commitment to recycle is one of the Scottish Government’s 10 Greener pledges.