The Scottish Government has doubled the £500,000 to £1 million. The initial £500,000 which was to be used in funding projects that aim to tackle marine plastic pollution has been doubled to £1 million.
Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham has announced that the added £500,000 is a demonstration of the ministers’ commitments to dealing with the plastic pollution.
“We want to attract and invest in innovative projects which prevent plastics entering the marine environment or propose operational solutions to capture, collect, recover and reprocess marine plastic waste. By making £1 million available to support innovative projects aimed at tackling marine plastic pollution, we are doubling our previous pledge – further demonstrating our absolute commitment to tackle the scourge of marine plastic pollution.”
The money will be distributed by Zero Waste Scotland through its circular economy investment fund and its waste prevention implementation fund which works to cut waste and increase recycling.
Marine Scotland which is also aimed at facing the issue of plastic removals will be contributing to this funding to trial demonstration technologies in Scotland.
The Government also urges companies to join the funding to support solutions in marine plastics capture, collection and recovery.