The project, which is targeted at small and medium enterprises (SMEs) based in the capital, is a joint initiative by Zero Waste Scotland and Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce.
The circular economy will provide business with tremendous opportunities, in creating efficiencies, reducing waste, and in creating new products, services, wealth and jobs...Liz McAreavey, Chief Executive, Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce
The chamber will deliver a range of activities to help identify opportunities for local business, and direct them towards available support and funding.
A circular economy clamps down on waste by keeping resources and products in use for as long as possible. It offers opportunities to businesses to develop new products and services which promote repeated use. These include repair, or take-back services, or designing new products from another industry’s ‘waste’ through effective collaboration.
Zero Waste Scotland chief executive Iain Gulland said: “This ambitious initiative will unlock the potential for SMEs in the region, by thinking innovatively about business models. This is a terrific opportunity to help businesses in making the transition to a circular economy, that has the potential to create jobs, support sustainable business models and help the environment..."