A recycling charity based on Bute has received an award of almost £25,000 from the Scottish Government’s Enterprise Ready Fund.
The award of £24,821 to Fyne Futures is one of four given to third sector organisations in Argyll and Bute, with a total value of £75,585.
The money will be used, in Fyne Futures’ own words, “to contribute to costs of growing the re-use activities and bring key areas of operation and
management in to one location with shared IT”.
The four Argyll and Bute awards - among 67 given to third sector organisations across Scotland - went to Ross of Mull & Iona Community Transport Scheme (£22,014), Mull and Iona Community Trust (£13,750), Kintyre Recycling (£15,000) and Fyne Futures (£24,821).
Argyll and Bute MSP Michael Russell said: “A strong third sector is vital to enriching the wider Scottish economy and this investment will deliver a further boost to rural communities in Argyll and Bute. I would strongly urge organisations to apply to the fund for the next round of awards.”
Fyne Futures is the ‘sustainability’ subsidiary of Rothesay-based housing association Fyne Homes. Set up in 2004, it runs the Bute Recycling Centre in the town’s Colbeck Place, the Bute Produce market garden next to Rothesay Joint Campus, a kerbside recycling collection service in both Bute and Cowal, a furniture re-use and recycling service, and produces biodiesel from used cooking oil collected from local businesses, all aimed at delivering social, employment, educational, environmental and health benefits for the island.
Fyne Futures is also working in partnership with one of the other local grant recipients, Kintyre Recycling, on a plan to explore how higher recycling rates and greater ‘resource efficiency’ can help achieve a ‘zero waste’ goal by 2020; their joint Bute/Campbeltown project is one of five in Scotland competing to become the country’s first Zero Waste Town.