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Shared Responsibilities

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Everyone has their part to play in this vision and make sure Scotland benefits from the economic and environmental advantages to be gained from zero waste.

Zero Waste Scotland is the organisation created to support delivery of the Zero Waste Plan. It will serve as a one-stop-shop for businesses and individuals looking for advice or support on how to use resources more efficiently, reduce waste and recycle more.

Litter and Flytipping

Litter and flytipping is an issue that effects everyone in Scotland.

Information on littering and flytipping

Carrier Bags

Carrier bags are generally considered as both an environmental and litter issue.

Many of the leading supermarkets in Scotland signed up to a voluntary agreement with thr Scottish and UK Governments to reduce the amount of single-use carrier bags issued by 50 per cent by May 2009. This target was essentially met , with a 49.4% reduction in the number of carrier bags handed out in Scotland.

We take the view that carrier bags - regardless of material type - should be reused as often as possible and then recycled at the end of their useful lives. Our consultation, Safeguarding Scotland's Resources - A Programme for the Efficient Use of our Materials, includes proposals to reduce the number of carrier bags used in Scotland by legislating to require retailers to charge for bags; with a voluntary agreement that net proceeds (estimated at £5-6m per annum based on an 80% drop in bag usage) will be donated to charitable causes, a proportion of which will be for waste and litter prevention.


Individuals & Families

Scottish households each produce over a tonne of waste every year. As well as contributing to climate change, this waste is a major cause of pollution and costs millions of pounds to process.

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You can search for recycling facilities in your area on the Recycle for Scotland website which also has lots of other information on how to reduce, re-use, and recycle waste.

Love Food, Hate Waste website The website for food lovers who hate waste. Find out how you can save money and help the environment with hints, tips and recipe ideas.

Businesses and Industry

The business and industry sectors account for the majority of waste, by tonnage, generated in Scotland each year. These sectors are therefore key in diverting waste from landfill and ensuring that valuable resources are not lost.

These sectors also stand to gain a great deal in terms of revenue saved or indeed generated through effective resource management and business synergies. Zero Waste Scotland has several programmes devoted to helping businesses improve their waste performance.