About Zero Waste Scotland

Zero Waste Scotland is helping Scotland to become more efficient in its use of resources.

The context in which we operate

As a facilitator and enabler of change, we help to reduce waste, increase energy efficiency and promote responsible water use – all as part of a journey towards a low-carbon, sustainable economy.

Our goal is to help Scotland eliminate waste. By waste we mean any natural asset which is not used to its full potential.

To achieve this goal, we pursue activities aligned to two complementary approaches: circular economy and resource efficiency.

The circular economy concept encompasses a range of strategies which ensure that materials are kept within productive use, in a high value state, for as long as possible, and that plant-based elements are returned to the biosphere in a sustainable way. It focuses on reshaping business and economic systems so that waste is ‘designed out’ of how we live.

Resource efficiency is a much broader term, encompassing actions to conserve and maximise the efficient use of energy and water as well as raw materials. Its benefits are primarily about enhancing competitiveness and reducing the environmental impact of resource use.

Our work supports the delivery of Scottish Government policy, including: the Climate Change (Scotland) Act (2009), the Zero Waste Plan (2010), Low Carbon Scotland (2013), Safeguarding Scotland’s Resources (2013) and the forthcoming national litter strategy.

How we work

We combine circular economy and resource efficiency strategies to help achieve our goal of eliminating waste in all its forms.

All our activities address one of three core principles:

  1. Resources should be used as efficiently as possible
  2. Fewer resources should be lost to the economy in the form of waste
  3. More value should be added to secondary resources within the economy

By taking action in these areas, our work benefits the Scottish economy as well as the global and local environment.

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