Government £500k fund to boost Scottish street recycling
A £500k grant was launched today by the government which will fund the installation of recycling facilities in Scotland's public spaces.
Zero Waste Scotland says the fund aims to provide convenient and easy to use recycling facilities in busy public places.
Zero Waste Scotland claims that separating different types of waste materials for recycling is easy to do and already done by many at home. It hopes that this measure will help people recycle in public too.
Zero Waste Scotland estimates that achieving a 70% recycling rate by 2025 could boost the economy by £178m.
The fund, which is available for land owners, facilities managers and local authorities, builds on last year's £250m investment to provide public recycling units.
Environment cabinet secretary, Richard Lochhead said: "Being able to recycle more when we are out and about is another important step towards treating all our waste as a valuable resource. Plastic bottles, separated for recycling, can be sold for over £190 per tonne for example - but recyclable materials are worth nothing when disposed of in bins destined for landfill.
"These 'Recycle on the Go' facilities offer an easy way to capture the value of resources which have the potential to benefit Scotland's economy and environment. By recycling your bottles and drinks cans in this way, you can make an important contribution to helping create new jobs and a resilient future economy for Scotland."