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Four new factsheets on circular economy cases in Scotland have been published on the Circular Europe Network’s database by ACR+, overviewing good practices implemented by ACR+ member Zero Waste Scotland (ZWS).
ZWS supports businesses to improve their resource efficiency through the Resource Efficient Scotland service. This service, delivered through different pathways, helps to meet environmental objectives while improving business productivity, competitiveness and business resilience. Since its launch, over 3,500 businesses were helped, with one-to-one support identifying savings totalling 42 million pounds.
Additionally, Zero Waste Scotland administers an 18 million pounds Circular Economy Investment Fund, which provides grant funding to small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) to:

  • Explore markets for new circular economy products;
  • Commercialise innovative business models for new circular economy products and services;
  • Develop innovative technologies, products and services to support a circular economy.

Furthermore, the Circular Economy Business Support Service, administered by ZWS, offers support to SMEs based in Scotland who are developing solutions that will deliver circular economy growth. It is supported by the European Regional Development Fund through the 73 million pounds Resource Efficiency Circular Economy Accelerator Programme.
Lastly, since October 2014 Scotland introduced a minimum 5p charge for single use carrier bags through the Single Use Carrier Bags Charge (Scotland) Regulations 2014. Before the charge, retailers in Scotland gave out an estimated 800 million single-use bags each year. The new regulations have dramatically reduced this number. Through the Carrier Bag Commitment Scottish retailers have and continue to direct the proceeds of the charge to all manner of good causes.

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