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Community Recycling debated

Posted by hclinch Thursday, 22 November 2007- 6:59 pm
The Glasgow Wood Project, and community recycling in general, was debated in the Scottish parliament on 21 November, in a members' business debate.

A motion was put forward by Glasgow SNP MSP Bill Kidd, who said in the debate: "Sad to say, there are at present only two wood recycling projects in Scotland - one in Glasgow and one in Edinburgh.

"The Glasgow Wood Recycling Project is modelled on one in Brighton that now collects around 450 tonnes of waste timber a year.

"That is a fantastic achievement for a community-based project.

"The Glasgow project has a three-year plan to become a self-sustaining wood reuse and recycling business through the collection of wood from businesses, schools and households."

Mr Kidd also called for a one stop shop for environment projects: "There are too many hoops to jump through and no joined up idea of what funding is available. I want to see a one stop shop, which does these things, frees up time and encourages more people to set up new initiatives."

The debate was congratulated by a number of MSPs and the Minister for Environment Michael Russell.

Mr Russell said: "The Scottish Government recognises the valuable role that the community recycling sector plays in helping to deliver our objective of a greener Scotland.

"When the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth delivered his remarkable and most successful budget, he announced that, for the years 2008 to 2011, the Scottish Government would make £63 million available to the third sector for a development programme and £30 million available for direct investment through the Scottish investment fund.
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