Safeguarding Scotland's resources: blueprint for a more resource-efficient and circular economy

Our programme to reduce waste and create a more productive and circular economy. Part of the Zero Waste agenda and economic strategy.

3. More Than Just Materials

Using resources more efficiently and productively isn't simply about materials; many of the most effective actions to prevent waste also deliver benefits for recycling or energy efficiency.

This programme will therefore complement existing measures to boost recycling and our Energy Efficiency Action Plan [5] and our District Heating Action Plan [6] .

Harnessing the resource value of waste will also help Scotland's transition toward a low carbon economy [7] . For example, preventing glass or plastic waste can be four times more beneficial (in carbon terms) than recycling.


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