Profit from recycling

Glasgow leading the way in ‘circular economy’

Petra WetzelGlasgow’s potential to be a global leader in the ‘circular economy’ has been revealed in a new study.

The City Circle Scan of Glasgow looked at how the city can recycle components and raw materials into new products.

Carried out by Netherlands based social-enterprise, Circle Economy, the study looked at numerous examples across a variety of sectors.

In one example, West Brewery turns spent grains from its brewing process into flapjacks and other bar snacks which it sells throughout Scotland.

Alison McRae, Senior Director of Glasgow Chamber of Commerce said the circular economy can become an important part of the overall economic ambition for the city.

“Working closely with our partners in the city we intend to consider these emerging opportunities with vigour,” she said.

Frank McAveety, leader of Glasgow City Council, said the council supports measures which harness products no longer of use to one business and passes them onto another which can make use of them.

“Glasgow has real strengths in sustainability and we will look at how we support our city’s circular economy through the economic strategy we will be launching in the autumn,” he said.

Iain Gulland, chief executive, Zero Waste Scotland said: “Scotland has set ambitious goals to become a more circular economy, because this approach can deliver continued economic growth whilst ensuring natural resources are managed sustainably.  It’s a key ingredient of long term business success.”

Photo: Craig McPhie of McPhie’s Bakery and chairman of Scottish Bakers with Petra Wetzel, founder of West Brewery



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