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£100,000 on offer for ideas on re-using materials

Iain GullandThe remanufacturing sector presents a fantastic economic opportunity, and Zero Waste Scotland is focused on getting the right infrastructure and supply of products and materials in place to reap the rewards.

Remanufacturing has the potential to grow rapidly from its current value of £1.1 billion. By 2020 it could grow by a further £620 million, and create up to 5,700 jobs. The industry already employs some 17,000 people across the country.

Enabling the return of high-value, priority products and materials, such as electronics and machinery, into remanufacture is the key to developing a thriving, profitable re-use economy 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 remanufacturing boom.

We want to re-use more items such as small electronics, commercial and industrial machinery (such as automotive parts, medical equipment or even railway rolling stock), furniture, or packaging.

We are 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.

As Scotland’s resource efficiency experts, Zero Waste Scotland is committed to the development of a more circular economy – where materials are kept in productive use as long as possible, we are keen to use the expertise and contacts of business to help solve the issues that will help these sectors reach their potential.

We’re looking to hear from bidders by 18  September this year, with a commercially sustainable, robust business plan, that potentially plugs into existing networks and could create jobs and training opportunities.

There’s no restriction – we’re interested in applications from large organisations, start-ups or consortia, in the private or third sectors – but the ability to collaborate effectively will be the key.

Bidders should hold Revolve accreditation, or equivalent, for private sectors.

If you think your business could bring the creative thinking and sector know-how we’re looking for, apply via our website here.

Iain Gulland is chief executive of Zero Waste Scotland

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