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Scotland named one of the world’s top circular economy nations.

InBev Circulars Award

The Circulars, an initiative of the World Economic Forum and the Forum of Young Global Leaders, is the world premier circular economy award programme.  It offers recognition to individuals and organisations from commerce and civic society across the globe that have made notable contributions to the circular economy in the private sector, public sector and society.

The Scottish Government was announced as the recipient of the Award for Circular Economy Governments, Cities and Regions at the third annual Circulars awards ceremony, presented at the World Economic Forum in Davos (Monday 16 January, 2017).

Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham said:

“I am delighted that the Scottish Government has won this prestigious award. The Circulars Award for Circular Government reflects our clear direction and priorities set out in our circular economy strategy ‘Making Things Last’, and the rich programme of investment and innovation we are pursuing in partnership with Zero Waste Scotland, SEPA, Scottish Enterprise, the third sector and business across Scotland. The Award reflects a lot of hard work and I am grateful to everyone who is helping us to ‘Make Things Last’ in Scotland.”

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Waste and resources policy in Scotland

Towards Zero Waste

The Scottish Government's Zero Waste Plan aims to change how waste is viewed and managed in Scotland.

Zero Waste means making the most efficient use of resources by minimising Scotland's demand on primary resources, and maximising the reuse, recycling and recovery of resources instead of treating them as waste.

The Zero Waste aspiration will also help achieve Scotland's climate change goals and assist in sustainable financial growth. The Why Zero Waste? section has more information.

Who's Responsible?

We all share responsibility for dealing with our waste, including litter and flytipping.

For more information see Waste: Who Does What

What About Recycling?

Recycling is just one way we can deal with our waste. Find out more about the waste hierarchy in the Tackling Waste section.

Radioactive Waste

The Scottish Government is committed to ensuring radioactive waste in Scotland is managed safely and securely in a way that protects people and the environment. Radioactive waste is produced from sources such as the operation and decommissioning of nuclear power stations and research facilities, the health sector and industry.

What's the background to current policy?

Additional Resources has more information on past research and publications.