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Statement: Circular Economy Bill Public Consultation

Iain Gulland, Chief Executive, Zero Waste Scotland, said:

“Following an announcement made today (Friday 11 March 2022) by Circular Economy Minister, Lorna Slater, we at Zero Waste Scotland welcome the confirmation of a May date for public consultation on a Circular Economy Bill. As a key player working closely with the Scottish Government, Circular Communities Scotland, and numerous other bodies to drive the circular economy in Scotland, this is a huge milestone in our nation’s progression towards a more sustainable way of living and operating.

“Zero Waste Scotland exists to lead Scotland to use products and resources responsibly, focusing on where we can have the greatest impact on climate change. Using evidence and insight, our goal is to inform policy and motivate individuals and businesses to embrace the environmental, economic, and social benefits of a circular economy. We truly believe that, in order for us to tackle climate change, we need to mark and measure the impact of how we live, and a Circular Economy Bill will be the groundwork to build on this.

“As a nation, Scotland is no stranger to pioneering work in circularity, and, across numerous industries, we’ve been able to show the world some fantastic examples of sustainable solutions in action. The Circular Economy Bill will include measures and approaches that will further cement and support these strides we’re making.

“We look forward to this next vital step, which will give the public a chance to have their say on Scotland’s circular vision, and we cannot wait to bring more people on our journey to not only a greener Scotland, but a greener world.”

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