Circular Economy Bill

Thursday November 7th, 2019

Businesses, industry and individuals are being encouraged to seize on the nation’s talent for innovation by re-thinking how we use and reuse materials. recycle 4913476Sml

Proposed legislation in the Circular Economy Bill includes measures to cut litter and waste and forms part of wider plans for a new approach to reducing, reusing and recycling materials to help drive Scotland’s circular economy.

To launch a consultation on the plans, Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham visited University of Edinburgh’s Levels Café and Lounge in Edinburgh, one of a number of sites across Scotland that has linked up with Revive, a company which is turning used coffee grounds into a range of products including an environmentally friendly alternative to palm oil.

Ms Cunningham said:

“A thriving circular economy presents enormous economic and industrial opportunities for Scotland, as well as significant environmental benefits.

An estimated 80% of our global climate emissions are currently linked to the production, consumption and waste of products and resources. For our journey towards becoming a net-zero society to be successful, it must involve a fundamental re-think about how we use and reuse materials.

An innovative circular economy can improve productivity and open up new markets while providing employment opportunities and lower cost options to access the goods we need. Responding to the global climate emergency will be a challenge for us all – be it government, business or individuals -  and I would strongly encourage everyone to share their views on how we make this journey together.”

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