Plastics recyclers with a taste for the Highlands, or just a desire for a new business challenge, may want to consider this offer from the Scottish government: £5 million ($7.174 million) in funds from its Mixed Plastics Capital Grant Program, which can be used to cover up to 30% of the total investment required to develop new plastics recycling facilities in Scotland. Businesses and organizations are asked to submit applications for the Grant Program outlining recommended locations and technology and researched sources for feedstock and markets for the processed polymer by Friday, June 26.
The plastics recycling program is part of the government’s larger Zero Waste Fund, designed to increase the country’s recycling and other sustainability measures in the next few years. The £5 million program was launched by the government and WRAP Scotland (Waste & Resources Action Program), which has been tasked with sorting through applications and administering the scheme.
Iain Gulland, the director of WRAP Scotland, says currently only 15,000 tonnes of plastic used by households are collected for recycling annually in Scotland, with the majority of that being sent to Asia for processing.
Companies keen to apply for the funds or to learn more about the program can download the guidelines from www.wrapscotland.org.uk, or contact the WRAP Capital Grants Team at [email protected]. —[email protected]