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Recycling and the circular economy

Recycling is extremely important, though it’s only one part of the circular economy. 

Many people think of the circular economy as ‘just getting better at recycling’, though it goes much further than this.

It’s about thinking about how waste can be designed out of products and processes in the first place, or indeed re-used as a raw material for making new products.

Reduce, re-use, recycle

Recycling is a necessary component of a circular economy, though should only be considered when there are no other alternatives for re-use, remanufacture or repair. This is the basic premise of the waste hierarchy, which prioritises the most effective solutions to waste management. 

Zero Waste Scotland helps individuals, businesses and communities to reduce waste, recycle more and use resources sustainably. We deliver a range of support programmes, campaigns and other interventions to help people and organisations on the journey to zero waste.

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