Scottish MSP grants £2.5m to recycling projects

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Councils and the SEPA to receive cut of £2.5m funding to help improve Scotland’s recycling rate

The Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform has announced a grant of £2.5 million to recycling projects and councils to help boost the country’s recycling efforts.

As part of the Scottish Household Recycling Charter, a partnership scheme set up by the Scottish Government and the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA), the council of East Ayrshire will receive the bulk of the grant, some £2m, to create and implement a new and effective household recycling system.

Each council in Scotland will also receive £120,000 each from the grant to help encourage food waste recycling schemes amongst their residents. A total of 75 per cent of Scottish councils offer a food waste collection service for households.

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) will receive a further £500,000 to support its work to prevent waste crime activity and to prosecute those caught doing so. Local authorities will also receive a cut to help them in their fight against waste crime.

Roseanna Cunningham said the grant is designed to push Scotland towards a zero waste country by implementing systems that promote a circular economy.

The environment secretary spoke of Scotland’s desire to “save 11 mega tonnes of emissions” within the next 30 years by recycling used materials instead of raw sourcing, which causes higher emissions than recycling.

Scotland’s zero waste plan goes “hand in hand with our ambition on climate change”, says Ms Cunningham.

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