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Scotland's Zero Waste Plan: Consultation

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Leaflet: Help Shape Scotland's Zero Waste Plan

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Scottish Government is developing a new Zero Waste Plan for Scotland which outlines how we can all play our part in reducing the amount of waste we produce, reuse valuable resources and increase recycling levels to help Scotland become a Zero Waste Society.

Zero Waste is part of our wider work on the environment. The Scottish Parliament has just approved ambitious legislation on climate change, including measures on waste and recycling. By preventing waste in the first place, and by recycling, householders, business and Government can take steps to help in the fight against climate change.

Our vision is of a Scotland which:

  • Promotes sustainable design.
  • Prevents waste.
  • Has high levels of recycling and composting.
  • Seizes the economic, environmental and job opportunities arising from ZeroWaste.
  • Reduces landfill to a minimum.

If we're going to achieve this we need to:

  • Make, design and buy products that use fewer resources
  • Reduce the amount of waste we produce
  • Buy products that can be reused or recycled
  • Buy products that are made from recycled materials
  • Reuse and recycle at home, school and work
  • Ensure businesses and shops take responsibility for their waste and packaging.

Scottish Government will provide funding, set targets and provide the leadership required to move towards Zero Waste.

Public Sector needs to lead by example by treating waste as a resource; using and buying more sustainable products and helping employees reuse and recycle at work.

Businesses need to think about what waste they create.

Homes and schools need to think about what they buy, what they use and what they throw away. We all need to participate fully in our local recycling collection and reuse schemes.

You can find out more about what you can do to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle on the Waste Aware Scotland website: www.wasteawarescotland.org.uk

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