Funding for waste projects

Carbon emissions associated with the stuff we buy accounts for 15% of the average Scottish household's carbon emissions. Everything we buy has embodied carbon emissions associated with its manufacture. Disposing of unwanted items also results in carbon emissions - waste management results in about 4% of Scotland's total (based on figures available here).

The Climate Challenge Fund (CCF) supports projects that aim to reduce emissions in this area by working to reduce over-consumption, encourage the reuse of items, extend the life of everyday items through repair and maintenance and promote recycling of materials.

Below you will find a guide illustrating the eligibility for CCF funding of a number activities involving resources.



The CCF funds projects that address over-consumption and working with individuals within their community to reduce what they buy. This aspect of a waste project seeks to reduce the embodied emissions in the manufacturing of new items.

Projects including activities to 'reduce' are often part of larger reuse and/or recycling projects.

Tool libraries.
Car sharing / car clubs.
Events and promotion.
Bike lending schemes.

Not eligible
 Purchasing items that could lead to the production of alcohol and or personal gain.
 Purchasing items that could affect local businesses would require a State Aid check.



The CCF funds projects which support an individual or community to extend the lifespan of an item by finding it a new purpose or a new owner, where these items would otherwise have been sent to landfill. Reuse projects can reduce CO2e emissions by diverting the item from landfill as well as reducing the embodied emissions in the manufacturing of replacement items.

Clothes swaps or ‘swishes’.
Book lending schemes.
The promotion of existing reuse projects and programs (i.e. Revolve stores).

Not eligible
 Passing on any electrical items that are not correctly tested and in good working order.



The CCF funds projects that extend the life of everyday items through repairing or reconditioning them. This is often referred to as upcycling. CO2e emissions saved through repair projects are associated with the embodied emissions in the manufacturing of replacement items. For example, by repairing a bike you will no longer need to purchase a new bike. For some items it can also reduce landfill emissions, for example repairing clothing.

Purchasing tools and equipment for repairing i.e. sewing machines.
Running workshops to upskill the community to fix their own items, i.e. Dr Bike sessions, laptop repair, needle craft.

Not eligible
 Costs incurred by individuals for fixing their own items.
 Any activities that could displace local business should consider this as part of the application and relevant letters of support should be sought.
 Grant Recipients are not permitted to take items that have already entered the waste stream without the relevant permissions.



The CCF funds projects that promote the benefits of recycling. In some cases groups have purchased specialised equipment to recycle particular materials, where infrastructure does not already exist for example in a remote or island setting. The CO2e emissions reduced in this type of project are from diverting the item(s) from landfill and by the lower emissions associated with recycled materials versus virgin materials.
Purchasing tools and equipment i.e. can crushers or glass imploders.
Promoting existing recycling infrastructure.

Not eligible

 Providing recycling infrastructure or equipment where local authority infrastructure exists.

Learn more about CCF projects tackling waste through our video features and case studies.

Find out more about other organisations, such as Zero Waste Scotland, that can support you in in your CCF project through our third party resources section.

Read more about the main funding criteria on the CCF Grant section.

Waste video features and case studies
Learn more about CCF projects tackling waste through our video features and case studies

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