CIRCULAR ECONOMY

We want to see a circular economy in Scotland

The current environmental issues we face demonstrate that we need to find a new way of doing things – we need to move from a linear economy to a circular economy.

Linear Economy

In a linear economy we take virgin materials, make them into ever increasing numbers of consumer products, use them for their useful life and then discard them into landfill.

Linear Economy
Circular Economy

Circular Economy

In a circular economy we keep products in high value economic use for as long as possible. If someone is finished with a product it is reused by someone else. If a product is broken it is repaired. If a product cannot be reused, then its materials which are also valuable resources are recycled.

Waste Hierarchy

The waste hierarchy provides a way of thinking about resources.  From a circular economy perspective sending resources to landfill should be the lowest priority option.  The environmental impact is minimised at the top of the waste hierarchy as shown below.

Waste Hierarchy