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Moray Waste Busters

Moray Waste Busters in Forres was awarded a £25,000 grant from the Scottish Government’s Pivotal Enterprise Resilience Fund.

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Support during COVID-19

The social enterprise promotes awareness of waste reduction and recycling issues and social inclusion by providing volunteer placements for disadvantaged members of the community.

MWB accepts donations of furniture, household goods, bikes and garden items and sells them on at low cost. It delivers and collects larger items within a 30-mile radius.

It is accredited by Revolve, Scotland's re−use quality standard for shops that sell second-hand goods in Scotland.

All income goes towards further development of the site, the charity's education activities and volunteer placement programme for disadvantaged adults.

Work placements help unemployed people back into the workplace by giving them practical experience and improving their employability.

MWB has a key role in helping the efforts of both Zero Waste Scotland and Moray Council to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill. With the forecasted economic difficulty, the social enterprise’s role in providing low cost household goods will also be important.

The grant, approved by HIE through the Pivotal Enterprise Resilience Fund, allowed the business to cover their operational overheads and meet government guidelines providing PPE and safety measures upon re-opening.

The Pivotal Enterprise Resilience Fund was managed by Scotland’s three enterprise agencies on behalf of Scottish Government. There was a high demand for the fund which received more than 5,000 applications Scotland-wide. Grants totalling almost £20m have been approved by HIE to 372 businesses across the Highlands and Islands.