Scotland sets out plans to introduce charges on single-use coffee cups

A panel of environmental advisers previously suggested a charge of between 20p and 25p – but it was not legislated as work was paused due to the COVID-19 pandemic

Used batteries will ‘triple over the next 25 years’

Scotland is predicted to be flooded with an estimated 60,000 tonnes of used batteries, new research finds

Carbon emissions from Scotland’s waste hit ‘record low’ in 2018

In 2018, emissions related to the country’s waste were 30% below the 2011 baseline, according to a Zero Waste Scotland report

New milestone for Scottish re-use circular economy

The Scottish circular economy has reached a new milestone today, with 100 quality-certified re-use stores and three superstores now in operation. Scottish Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham announced the landmark progress yesterday during a visit to Scotland’s first re-use hub, Blythswood Care in Dingwall. According to Zero Waste Scotland, every year thousands of reusable items needlessly […]

Industry expert to lead Scotland’s £18m circular economy fund

Zero Waste Scotland has appointed Simon Weston to chair its flagship Circular Economy Investment Fund. He is currently the Director for Raw Materials at the Confederation of Paper Industries (CPI). The £18 million fund offers grants to small and medium sized businesses based in Scotland and aims to support work to help deliver circular economy […]

Do you have a new idea on preventing litter?

Businesses, local authorities and third sector organisations are being invited to put forward new ideas to help prevent and tackle the impact of litter and fly-tipping across Scotland. Zero Waste Scotland today launched three funding programmes – Infrastructure and Enforcement Fund, Innovation Fund and Product and Service Development Fund – worth £700,000 but told ELN […]

£10m more to help Scotland reach ‘zero waste’

Three new projects in Scotland to bring about a ‘zero waste’ society have been awarded £10 million by Zero Waste Scotland. The Scottish government programme is backing schemes which encourage recycling, prevent litter or cut down on food waste. The Litter and Flytipping Fund is offering grants of £2,000-50,000 for projects that test new ideas […]

Scotland slaps 5p charge on plastic carrier bags

Scotland is following the lead from Wales and slapping a charge of five pence on single use carrier bags to encourage people to use less of them. Wales brought in a 5p charge two years ago and last week the Scottish Government announced its own rule will kick in by October 2014. All Scottish retailers […]

Whisky ‘leftovers’ to produce fuel for cars

A Scottish distillery has signed an agreement to use its whisky “leftovers” to produce fuel for cars. Tullibardine, an independent malt whisky producer, will be working with Celtic Renewables, which has developed a way to convert the residues of the drink into a type of advanced biofuel called buobutanol. This could be used to power […]

Could you be sitting on your baby’s used nappies?

You could soon be using your baby’s nappies as furniture for your garden or as roof tiles for your house. That’s under a new recycling pilot in Scotland, which could prevent 160 million nappies from being sent to rubbish dumps. Funded by Zero Waste Scotland, the disposable nappy recycling scheme will initially be put into […]