An English recycling firm is to open a new base in Scotland thanks to a grant from Holyrood, creating new jobs in the south of the country.
The opening of the Dalbeattie plant will see around 25 jobs created, when Panel2Panel moves to the site. The news comes after the Scottish Government awarded the Hertfordshire-based firm £168,000 in funding.
The cash will be used to create the new manufacturing facility, which transforms old plastics into fittings, in south west Scotland.
Under plans laid down by the government, waste throughout Scotland is to be cut by at least 15 per cent by 2015. Under the Safeguarding Scotland’s Resources initiative, there is also an initial target to hit a seven per cent reduction in waste in just four years.
The opening of new recycling centres throughout the country is key to both of these ambitions.
The award of the Zero Waste Scotland grant was announced by Richard Lochhead, the Scottish Environment Secretary, who said:
“Safeguarding Scotland’s Resources is an important step but its success will depend on how businesses and individuals respond to the challenges we face.”
According to Zero Waste Scotland’s director, Iain Gulland, the scheme is getting backing. He said:
“Thousands of Scottish firms already use energy, water and raw materials more efficiently, so they can save money whilst also encouraging new and innovative technologies and business models to take hold.”
Saving cash is key for firms in Scotland in today’s climate, with many shifting financial strategies to include invoice factoring.