Scottish Government launches ‘Zero Waste’ food recycling scheme

A new green scheme that recycles food waste has been launched.

The Commercial Food Waste Collection Service, run by Keenan Recycling, creates BSI accredited compost from items such as leftover food, coffee grounds, cups and paper towels collected from businesses and restaurants in the North East.cec

First Minister Alex Salmond officially lanched the scheme. The Scottish Government published its Zero Waste Plan last month. It sets out key actions and new targets to tackle the near 20 million tonnes of waste produced in Scotland every year.

Glasgow Caledonian University’s Caledonian Environment Centre is a unique team of professionals with expertise in waste resource management, carbon management, environmental sustainability and bioenergy.

One of the most distinguished and recognised environmental organisations in Scotland, Caledonian Environment
Centre has strong links with Scottish Government, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency, local authorities,
WRAP, Zero Waste Scotland, and Scotland’s economic development agencies.

Find out how the Caledonian Environment Centre could help your business along the path to a ‘Zero Waste Scotland’ by calling the Applied Knowledge Exchange on 0141 331 3189.

SFC issues new £4m call for Horizon Fund proposals

The Scottish Funding Council has issued a new call for proposals to its Horizon Fund for knowledge exchange proposals addressing the needs of Scottish industry.

Resources available for projects in the latest call will be approximately £4m per annum for saltirethree years.

This year the call will focus on the key sectors identified in the Scottish Government’s Economic Strategy, including the creative industries (including digital content and technologies); energy; financial and business services; food and drink (including agriculture and fisheries);  life sciences (including biotechnology and translational medicine); and tourism.

The SFC is keen to receive proposals for projects that involve Scottish small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs).

Proposals are to be submitted by Universities by 17th September 2010.

Glasgow Caledonian University has also benefited from this year’s Scottish Funding Council’s Innovation Voucher Scheme, which aids first links between Scottish universities and SMEs. This year, GCU received funding for six proposals, worth over £48,500.

The scheme, administered by Interface, provides funding of up to £5,000 to universities for projects with Scottish SMEs. SMEs contribute a matching value of cash, staff time or access to facilities. The funding can be used for a broad range of collaborative activities including developing new products and services, improved production processes or experimental testing and measuring.

For more information on how your business could work with Glasgow Caledonian University, contact the Applied Knowledge Exchange on 0141 331 3189 or visit

Agrico develops novel potato genotypes with GCU

AGRICO UK is working with Glasgow Caledonian University on a two-year Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP). agrico

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships is Europe’s leading programme, helping business to improve their competitiveness and productivity through the better use of knowledge, technology and skills that reside within the UK knowledge base. 

With the help of Glasgow Caledonian University’s food science experts in the Department of Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Agrico aims to introduce laboratory techniques to support the development of novel potato genotypes with specific nutritional properties.

The Applied Knowledge Exchange can help your business with a Knowledge Transfer Partnership – give us a call to find out more on 0141 331 3189 or visit