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Our work in context

Zero Waste Scotland is funded by the Scottish Government to support the delivery of its Zero Waste Plan and other low carbon and resource efficiency policy priorities.

In particular our work supports the following Scottish Government strategic objectives:

  • A Greener Scotland: “Improving Scotland's natural and built environment and the sustainable use and enjoyment of it”.
  • A Wealthier and Fairer Scotland: “Enabling businesses and people to increase their wealth and more people to share fairly in that wealth.”

To support its purpose, the Scottish Government has identified seven Purpose Targets and 16 National Outcomes. We recognise that our programme contributes to a number of these Purpose Targets and helps Scotland to achieve the following six National Outcomes:

  • We reduce the local and global environmental impact of our consumption and production.
  • We live in well-designed, sustainable places where we are all able to access the amenities and services we need.
  • We realise our full economic potential with more and better employment opportunities for our people.
  • Our public services are high quality, continually improving, efficient and responsive to local people’s needs.  
  • We live in a Scotland that is the most attractive place for doing business in Europe.
  • We are better educated, more skilled and more successful, renowned for our research and innovation.

Specifically, our programme is informed by the following Scottish Government policies and strategies:

  • Climate Change (Scotland) Act (2009)
  • Scotland’s Zero Waste Plan (2010)
  • Waste (Scotland) Regulations (2012)
  • Government Economic Strategy (2012)
  • Low Carbon Scotland (2013)
  • Safeguarding Scotland’s Resources (2013)
  • Towards a Litter-Free Scotland (2014)
  • Towards Decarbonising Heat (2014)

We also recognise that our work contributes to the following Scottish Government targets and impacts:

We recognise the emerging direction of the European Commission in its debate and deliberations on the circular economy and the Green Action Plan for Business.

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