Zero Waste Scotland has teamed up with Glasgow Chamber of Commerce to deliver measures designed to support the development of a circular economy in Scotland's largest city.
The three-year agreement includes a partnership with Circle Economy Netherlands, which aims to provide an understanding of resource, energy and financial flows that move through the city and outlying areas, as well as an opportunity for Glasgow-based firms to become involved in circular economy pilot schemes.
The Scottish government recently consulted on plans for a national circular economy strategy, aiming to unlock job creation opportunities in areas like recycling and re-manufacturing, as well as helping to reduce risks to Scottish businesses from volatile commodities markets.
A recent study from Zero Waste Scotland estimated that manufacturing had the potential to grow in Scotland from its current value of £1.1bn, to nearly £1.7bn with the addition of 5,700 new jobs.
Iain Gulland, Chief Executive, Zero Waste Scotland said: "Scotland is already recognised globally as a front-runner in putting the circular economy into practice.
"We will soon become one of the first countries in the world to have a government strategy for accelerating the circular economy and we're leading the way with practical projects, pilots and business support.
"This new partnership with Glasgow Chamber of Commerce is an important step towards engaging the business community in our aspirations, and helping them take steps to achieve new ways of working which are more circular – for both the benefit of the individual business and Scotland's broader economy."
Gulland said the new arrangement would complement a range of activities which Zero Waste Scotland was pursuing with the aim of identifying opportunities for businesses to become more circular, and supporting those transitions.