Date lodged: 5 April 2019
To ask the Scottish Government how much funding it has made available in each of the last five years to promote zero waste shops, and how much of this was distributed.
Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham 25 April 2019
The Scottish Government provides funding to Zero Waste Scotland who distribute grants to various businesses through the Waste Prevention Implementation Fund (WPIF). The Waste Prevention Implementation Fund started in 2016 and has distributed in excess of £100,000 to two zero waste shops specifically, alongside their wider financial support to SMEs looking at waste prevention measures. Zero Waste Scotland also support zero waste shops through the Zero Waste Town Development Fund, which has awarded £315,000 to the Zero Waste Edinburgh initiative, which includes a Food Sharing Hub.