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Making Things Last: Consultation on creating a more circular economy in Scotland

This consultation explores the priorities for building a more circular economy – where products and materials are kept in high value use for as long as possible.  It builds on Scotland’s progress in the zero waste and resource efficiency agendas, with a new focus on a much broader set of business and industry opportunities.

This matters because of the significant potential benefits:

•   to the economy – improving productivity, opening up new markets and improving resilience;

•   to the environment – cutting waste and carbon emissions; and

•   to communities – more, lower cost options to access the goods we need.


The Scottish Governments consultation sets out their ambition and seeks views on potential actions in the key areas of design, reuse, repair, remanufacture, recycling, and recovering value from biological resources.  It also puts forward proposals to support change in these areas through communications, skills and measuring progress.


Proposals have been informed by a period of debate in Scotland in the first half of 2015.  Together with their partner agencies, they have published a number of reports for discussion, organised workshops and events with groups as diverse as biotechnology industry bodies and Young Scot, and most recently our social media campaign #makethingslast.  They also intend for their proposals to contribute to the EU’s consideration of its own circular economy plans.


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Closes on 30th October 2015

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