Zero Waste Scotland launches fund to help remanufacture infrastructure

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Awards of up to £100,000 are available to companies and organisations in Scotland to capture high value items for remanufacture.

Zero Waste Scotland wants to get products from homes and commercial premises that could be remanufactured, and so is providing the competitive funding to assist with developing collection infrastructure.

Remanufacturing is believed to be worth £1.1 billion in Scotland, and could grow by a further £620 million by 2020, creating 5,700 jobs in the process.

Zero Waste Scotland chief executive Iain Gulland said: “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 reuse 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 manufacturing 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 reuse, 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.”