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Safeguarding Scotland’s Resources: New action plan published by Scottish Government

A new action plan aiming to cut all waste in Scotland by 7% by 2017 and 15% by 2025 will improve competitiveness and could save businesses billions of pounds, Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead announced today.

3 Oct 13

Mr Lochhead outlined the benefits of using Scotland’s resources more efficiently during his address to the Scottish Resources Conference in Glasgow.

The publication of ‘Safeguarding Scotland’s Resources’ plan follows a national consultation and the plan builds on the success of Scotland’s Zero Waste Plan, identifying actions to shift the focus onto waste prevention and resource efficiency – improving productivity and competitiveness. 

As part of the announcement, Mr Lochhead told delegates that £168,000 of Zero Waste Scotland funding for innovation and infrastructure has been granted to a manufacturing firm that uses recycled materials, Panel2Panel. The money will help turn plastic from fridges and yoghurt pots into construction fittings for schools and hospitals. Panel2Panel’s operation will be based in Dalbettie and initially create 25 jobs.

Commenting on the announcement today, Iain Gulland, Director of Zero Waste Scotland, said:
“By responding decisively to global resource challenges Scotland can develop a competitive advantage as one of the most resource efficient nations in Europe.
“Our Resource Efficient Scotland programme is already helping thousands of Scottish firms use energy, water and raw materials more efficiently, so they can save money whilst also encouraging new and innovative technologies and business models to take hold.  We welcome the focus on practical action to benefit the economy which is at the heart of the Safeguarding Scotland’s Resources plan, and we are proud to support businesses like Panel2Panel who are making this vision a reality.”

For more details of Scottish Government’s announcement and Safeguarding Scotland’s Resources please visit: http://news.scotland.gov.uk/News/Use-less-save-more-4bc.aspx

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