Scottish composting cash boost

Sustainable waste management projects in Scotland are to receive a boost of over £1 million, the Environment Minister announced last week.

The three composting facilities at Cumbernauld, Blantyre and Lugton will share the funding between them, Councillor Finnie stated at the British Irish Council on the Environment in an attempt to improve Scotland’s recycling record as well as its composting infrastructure.

“The investment in these facilities will mean a total increase in composting capacity of 57,000 tonnes each year by the time they are fully operational,” he explained.

He stated that nearly £1 billion had now been invested in Scottish waste, recycling and composting facilities as part of the Strategic Waste Fund, and that consultations would soon begin for a framework on non-municipal waste.

“We will consult later this year on a prevention plan for household waste which will cover areas such as: the design of products; providing advice to consumers on how to make choices that minimise waste; and action that can be taken in the home to minimise waste,” he added.

The money is being fronted by the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) as part of defra’s new BREW fund (see related story).

“We must be imaginative in the ways we seek to encourage businesses to reduce, reuse and recycle their waste,” Cllr Finnie concluded.

By Jane Kettle

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