Scottish Landfill Communities Fund

Tue 8th August 2017 at 17.45 - 20.00

This week's speaker was Lindsay Wells from SEPA, who was introduced by John Kerr.

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This week’s speaker was Lindsay Wells from the Scottish Landfill Communities Fund, introduced by John Kerr.

Numbers were swelled at Howe Rotary's meeting this week by guests from Burntisland & Kinghorn Rotary on a scatter visit. We were also privileged to host people from Auchtermuchty, Cults and Giffordtown Community Councils.

The local visitors were attracted by the prospect of being able to learn more about the Scottish Landfill Communities Fund from Lindsay Wells, head of a small team at the Scottish Environment Protection Agency that regulates the fund.

The Scottish Landfill Communities Fund (SLCF) is a tax credit scheme, linked to Scottish Landfill Tax. It allows Scottish landfill operators to provide contributions to Approved Bodies to fund community and environmental projects in Scotland.

Most projects funded in 2016-17 were for public amenity. Projects ranged from the restoration of public halls to the creation of play parks. The second most funded project type was religious/historic sites. These included restoration works to churches, harbours and a waterwheel. Bio-diversity projects will protect a number of native species and habitats. Five recycling/reuse projects were funded this year. These were for furniture and bike recycling centres and community recycling bins.

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