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Comment by entsust.com on February 26, 2014 at 18:50

Cash boost for Green Infrastructure

Scottish Recycling Fund launches for waste sorting, repair and recycling projects.

A £3.8 million fund to help businesses develop green infrastructure proposals is now open.

Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead announced the Scottish Recycling Fund (SRF) at the Safeguarding Scotland’s Resources Conference at Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh.

The fund will make loans available to organisations interested in developing key sorting, repair and reprocessing capacity for waste materials in Scotland. Improved infrastructure will transform more waste into high value new materials, aiding Scotland’s ambition of creating a circular economy and cutting carbon emissions.

Organisations with innovative ideas for sorting, repairing and reprocessing the following materials are invited to apply:

  • plastics
  • tyres
  • textiles
  • glass
  • industrial food and drink processing waste
  • waste electrical and electronic equipment
  • plasterboard

Mr Lochhead said: “The Scottish Government is backing the industries of the future by making this £3.8 million available to those interested in developing our waste reprocessing industry. By increasing our capacity to deal with this waste here in Scotland, we’ll be less exposed to volatile overseas markets, creating more of the useful raw materials that our business sector requires.

“Realising the value in our waste materials like plastics, textiles and glass will make our economy more circular, while reducing our carbon emissions. I’d strongly encourage any organisations with innovative ideas on waste to find out how this funding can benefit them, making Scotland greener, cleaner and more affluent in the process.�?

Iain Gulland, Director, Zero Waste Scotland, said: “I am delighted to welcome the launch of the Scottish Recycling Fund, which is all about developing the capacity for better resource efficiency in Scotland.

“This is an opportunity for businesses which have workable ideas but lack the capital, to get access to finance to help them realise their plans. The fund also provides an opportunity for Scotland to further develop industries in reuse, repair, reprocessing, remanufacture.

“These are the sustainable Scottish industries which have huge potential to reduce waste and our impact on the environment, while helping us move towards a more circular economy –an economy in which waste is a resource and jobs and growth are created by unlocking its potential.�?

Kerry Sharp, Head of the Scottish Investment Bank, said: “The Scottish Recycling Fund offers Scottish businesses the opportunity to access the finance needed to invest in new infrastructure that will help them not only achieve sustainable business growth through recycling, but will deliver significant environmental benefits for Scotland.

“We work with hundreds of businesses each year to help them tap into the finance needed to grow, and are pleased to partner with Zero Waste Scotland to deliver this exciting new fund for innovative and ambitious Scottish businesses with growth potential.�?

¦      www.scotland.gov.uk

Comment by Ruth Atkinson on January 31, 2014 at 11:51

'Every Can Counts' helps over 300 Scottish organisations recycle more cans, see their progress here - http://www.everycancounts.co.uk/news/every-can-counts-helps-over-30...

Comment by entsust.com on November 15, 2013 at 12:49

Free seminar at Edinburgh University's Old College by Nordic Horizons on December 2nd, looking at Copenhagen's frankly stupendous efforts to become the greenest capital city on Earth.

Full details here...

Comment by Ruth Atkinson on September 17, 2013 at 13:42

Meygen get permission from the Crown Estates to build a hydroelectric power plant in the Pentland Firth. It will hopefully be up and running by 2020 and power up to 40,000 homes; around 40% of homes in the Highlands of Scotland - http://www.meygen.com/

Comment by Ruth Atkinson on August 23, 2013 at 12:41
Edinburgh News reports on becoming the first city to reduce inner city speed limits to 20mph to encourage cycling and to make roads safer for pedestrians - http://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/news/transport/edinburgh-to-b...
Comment by Ruth Atkinson on August 16, 2013 at 12:05

Adaptation Scotland is helping communities across Scotland ready themselves for any impacts of climate change. See if they could help your community by visiting - http://www.adaptationscotland.org.uk/1/1/0/Home.aspx

Comment by Tim Atkinson on June 28, 2013 at 13:16

The Scottish government has confirmed plans to introduce a five pence levy on plastic carrier bags from October 2014. The monies raised will go to charity, and these revenues are estimated at around £5m.

Read more here...

Comment by Ruth Atkinson on May 30, 2013 at 12:20
World's largest wave power generator given the green light off the coast of Lewis, with the capacity to power up to 38,000 homes - http://www.aquamarinepower.com/projects/north-west-lewis/
Comment by Ruth Atkinson on May 9, 2013 at 17:40

Could LED street lights help Scotland with its carbon reduction shortfall, or could it turn into a counter-productive and very expensive move? The Guardian attempts to find out - http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2013/may/09/street-lamps-scot...

Comment by Tim Atkinson on March 12, 2013 at 10:37


Specialist event producer Culture Creative is celebrating the success of a new outdoor event delivered for East Renfrewshire Council at Rouken Glen Park last month and enjoyed by just over 12,500 visitors. 

The sell-out event called Electric Glen, which involved creating and facilitating a night-time light festival through part of the park over five consecutive nights, has now been commissioned for a second run next year.  The success of Electric Glen also adds to Culture Creative’s growing portfolio of night-time outdoor events such as Northumberland Lights and Electric Forest.

For Electric Glen the Culture Creative team worked with specialist lighting supplier, White Light, to develop a 1.5km illuminated trail round the Victorian boating pond and the challenging paths by the waterfall and glen.  A crew headed up by creative director, Phil Supple and production manager, Jezz Hellens took six days to set up the route which included installing over 14 kilometres of cabling and 400 generic, moving and LED fixtures.

Phil Supple, creative director of Electric Glen said, “Electric Glen was originally commissioned to celebrate the heritage of this iconic park and its different landscapes and geology.  The trail, which moved from the boating pond to the rock end waterfall and rugged paths of the glen, was quite a challenging one to design and set up. The crew worked tirelessly to ensure it opened on schedule and ran smoothly.�?

“Working with Zoe and Phil is always a pleasure; the resulting installations are stunning,�? said Dave Isherwood, Hire and Technical Director at White Light.  The crew worked tirelessly, including through some appalling weather in the final phase of the build to ensure it opened on schedule and ran smoothly.

“We approach these projects with the same philosophy as all our work,�? Isherwood explained. “Whether in a theatre, an arena, or a forest – we provide the right tools to achieve the designer’s artistic vision. Sometimes that means tackling unique technical challenges. For Electric Glen we delivered a diverse range of lighting equipment that was flexible yet simple enough to install in difficult conditions.�?

As well as lighting installations, Culture Creative also commissioned artists Jamie Wardrop and Adam Scarborough, to create a story wall in the glen.  This sound work wove together voices, location recordings and music from Rouken Glen’s past and present.  To add a performance aspect to the trail the Argyll-based Walking Theatre Company were brought on board to bring back the magic of the Rouken Glen Entertainers – a small troupe of variety performers who were based in the park at the turn of the 20thcentury.

Electric Glen was funded by Creative Scotland, East Renfrewshire – A Place to Grow Campaign and Heritage Lottery Funding.

Photos by Elaine Livingstone


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