Environmental projects throughout Scotland are to receive funding from the Executive's Strategic Waste Fund.
Twenty-six community initiatives undertaking work such as recycling of glass, plastic, paper and cans, computer refurbishment, community composting, wood recycling, and educational initiatives are to receive a share of nearly £1.7 million.
Environment Minister Ross Finnie said:
"The Executive recognises the important role of the community sector in helping Scotland become a less wasteful society.
"By using innovative ideas there are many opportunities for items which would otherwise be regarded as waste to have a new lease of life. Many of these initiatives receiving funding will not only benefit the environment but will also provide employment and training opportunities and also provide refurbished goods to socially disadvantaged people.
"This substantial funding is an investment in the future of Scotland's community waste sector."
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