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Zero Waste Scotland calls for more ‘waste warriors’

More than 200 Scottish businesses, groups and organisations have answered the cry to become a ‘waste warrior’, signing up to back Zero Waste Scotland’s Recycle Week 2017.

15 Sep 17

But there’s still time for local authorities, businesses and organisations to join its army of waste warrior ambassadors in a bid to get Scotland recycling more.

Recycle Week - which takes from 25 September to 1 October - is the annual UK-wide campaign to raise awareness of how important it is to recycle. Over the course of the week Zero Waste Scotland will be encouraging people from all over the country to become waste warriors and do their bit by recycling as much as they can.

There has been an overwhelming response from stakeholders so far who are taking advantage of multiple materials available from Zero Waste Scotland’s carefully curated Recycle Week toolkit, and there is still time for organisations to take part. From hosting events and introducing new recycling services, to sharing Zero Waste Scotland’s messages on social media, there are many ways Scotland’s local authorities, organisations and businesses can play their part.

Good progress has been made on recycling in Scotland in recent years, with people recycling more at home, at work and when out and about. Despite this, around 60% of household waste ends up in landfill instead of being recycled (1). Zero Waste Scotland is now encouraging businesses and local authorities to use Recycle Week to highlight the benefits of recycling with their employees and members of their communities by promoting ways in which every person can do their bit.

Iain Gulland, Chief Executive, Zero Waste Scotland said:

“We are extremely encouraged by the response we have already had from stakeholders engaging with us on Recycle Week 2017. We have plenty of materials available that will help Scotland’s local authorities, businesses and organisations increase awareness of some of the most commonly believed ‘myths’ surrounding recycling and hope that our messages will urge Scots to up the ante and recycle more.

“While recycling in Scotland has vastly improved over the past few years, there is definitely still more that can be done. Next week is the perfect opportunity for everyone to become a ‘waste warrior’ and play their part.”

To sign up to Recycle Week and play your part please visit



Notes For Editors

Editor’s Notes

  • (1) Based on a Zero Waste Scotland analysis to be published in 2017-18
  • Zero Waste Scotland exists to create a society where resources are valued and nothing is wasted. Our goal is to help Scotland realise the economic, environmental and social benefits of making best use of the world’s limited natural resources. We are funded to support delivery of the Scottish Government’s circular economy strategy and the EU Action Plan for the Circular Economy.
  • More information on all Zero Waste Scotland’s programmes can be found at www.zerowastescotland.org.uk . You can also keep up to date with the latest from Zero Waste Scotland though via our social media channels - Twitter | Facebook | Google Plus | LinkedIn
  • Recycle Week coincides with Climate Week 2017, taking place from http://www.keepscotlandbeautiful.org/sustainability-climate-change/sustainable-scotland-network/climate-week-2017/
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