Here’s how the ‘cir­cu­lar econ­omy’ is al­low­ing firms to help save the planet

Scottish Daily Mail - - Puzzles & Prizes -

RE­CY­CLE Week, held in Septem­ber, served as the per­fect plat­form for high­light­ing the in­cred­i­ble work be­ing done by Scot­tish firms to re­duce the vol­ume of the na­tion’s food waste.

By tak­ing a cir­cu­lar econ­omy ap­proach and work­ing to make prod­ucts of value from our waste, we can re­duce our car­bon foot­print and play a sig­nif­i­cant role in cut­ting down on what is sent to land­fill.

There is tremen­dous in­no­va­tion and ef­fort from ta­lented in­di­vid­u­als and busi­nesses. Prod­ucts are now be­ing made from ma­te­ri­als that would oth­er­wise be thrown away.

Here are just a few ex­am­ples of the in­ge­nious work be­ing done...

Re­vive Eco.

RE­VIVE, based in Glas­gow, was set up by three grad­u­ates – the le­gacy of a sec­ond-year project while at the Univer­sity of Strath­clyde.

They saw the po­ten­tial for divert­ing used cof­fee grounds away from land­fill to be turned into valu­able gar­den fer­tiliser. The com­pany is also work­ing on the ex­trac­tion of valu­able biomass oil from the used cof­fee.

Zero Waste Scotland has pro­vided Re­vive with fund­ing and sup­port for busi­ness de­vel­op­ment, to ex­plore value re­cov­ery us­ing su­per­heated steam pro­cess­ing.

Maclean’s High­land Bak­ery.

THIS fam­ily firm, based in For­res, near the Mo­ray coast, has been sup­ported by Zero Waste Scotland for the past two years, help­ing in the de­vel­op­ment of bak­ery prod­ucts that meet the cri­te­ria of re­duc­ing waste and us­ing sus­tain­able pack­ag­ing.

The com­pany has taken draff – a fi­bre by-prod­uct of beer and whisky pro­duc­tion that is rich in pro­tein – to pro­duce a bis­cuit that ben­e­fits from the ex­tra flavour but uses ma­te­rial that would oth­er­wise go to land­fill.

Black sol­dier fly farm­ing.

IN­SECT farm­ing could of­fer a sus­tain­able source of pro­tein for an­i­mal feed, while help­ing to re­duce the EU’s re­liance on pro­tein im­ports.

In­sect farm­ing, par­tic­u­larly of the black sol­dier fly (BSF), of­fers an in­trigu­ing op­por­tu­nity to turn or­ganic residues – in­clud­ing food waste – into feed­stock. Com­pa­nies world­wide are now op­er­at­ing in­sect-farm­ing plants on a com­mer­cial scale.

Zero Waste Scotland chief ex­ec­u­tive Iain Gul­land said: ‘[Th­ese com­pa­nies] are a per­fect ex­am­ple of the way cir­cu­lar econ­omy prin­ci­ples are be­ing put into prac­tice in Scotland.

‘By turn­ing left­overs into op­por­tu­ni­ties, they have cre­ated fan­tas­tic busi­nesses. I hope their suc­cess will in­spire oth­ers to come up with their own cir­cu­lar econ­omy busi­ness ideas.’

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