A major new strategic partnership has been announced by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) and Entrepreneurial Scotland, aimed at eliminating the problem of waste tyres as an environmental issue in Scotland.
With approximately 100 tyres turned into waste every 15 minutes in Scotland, the mounting pressure on the economy to find environmental solutions that harness the value of our resources, has never been greater. The new partnership announced at the “Global Tyre Challenge” event, according to the partners, sets in motion an ambitious challenge for entrepreneurs to find sustainable new business opportunities for waste tyres over the next five years. Alongside this, SEPA has committed to developing a specific Sector Plan that will set targets and actions to directly tackle waste tyres and the criminal behaviours, such as illegal dumping, that the industry can attract.
The initiative in partnership with Entrepreneurial Scotland will work hand in hand with the world leading Saltire Fellowship Programme, an intensive leadership development opportunity for Scotland’s most ambitious and entrepreneurially-minded individuals. This year’s cohort of Saltire Fellows will explore new ventures that can actively turn waste tyres into viable business opportunities. Working closely with entrepreneurs and those immersed in entrepreneurial thinking will significantly enhance SEPA’s own traditional approaches to regulation and provide proactive solutions to some of the biggest environmental challenges facing Scotland’s economy.