Zero Waste Scotland launches fund for innovation in collection

Written by: Iain Gulland | Published:

The remanufacturing sector presents a fantastic economic opportunity for Scotland, and Zero Waste Scotland is focused on getting the right infrastructure and supply of products and materials in place for Scotland to reap the rewards, says Iain Gulland, chief executive of Zero Waste Scotland.

Remanufacturing in Scotland has the potential to grow rapidly from its current value of £1.1 billion. By 2020 it could grow by a further £620 million, and create up to 5,700 new jobs. The industry already employs some 17,000 people across the country.

Enabling the return of high value, priority products and materials, like electronics and machinery, back into remanufacture is the key to developing a thriving, profitable remanufacture and re-use economy in Scotland and is the focus of the latest initiative from Zero Waste Scotland to boost these sectors.

We are looking for innovative solutions to the challenges of capturing the high value products currently gathering dust or otherwise falling through the cracks in homes as well as commercial and industrial premises that could be feeding a remanufacturing boom.

To crack the problem of how we can capture more items such as small electronics, commercial and industrial machinery equipment (such as automotive parts, medical equipment or even railway rolling stock), furniture, or packaging - from where they fall outwith the system and channel these effectively into remanufacturing and re-use, we're opening a competitive fund offering awards of up to £100,000 over two years to trial or replicate innovative solutions within Scotland for the first time.

As Scotland's resource efficiency experts, Zero Waste Scotland is committed to the development of a more circular economy – where materials are kept in productive use as long as possible, we are keen to use the expertise and contacts of business to help solve the issues that will help these sectors reach their potential.

We're looking to hear from bidders by September 18 this year, with a commercially sustainable, robust business plan, that potentially plugs into existing networks and could create jobs and training opportunities.

There's no restriction – we're interested in applications from large organisations, start-ups or consortia, in the private or third sectors – but the ability to collaborate effectively will be the key.

Bidders should hold Revolve accreditation, or equivalent, for private sectors.

If you think your business could bring the creative thinking and sector know-how we're looking for, apply via our website here.

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