Zero Waste Scotland’s mission is the dissemination of policy to encourage behaviour change among population and organisations through programmes and brands.
The role of Zero Waste Scotland (ZWS) is determined by the targets of the Scottish Government (SG) to reduce by 2020 Scotland’s greenhouse gas emissions by 42%. ZWS encourages Circular Economy (CE) opportunities for companies and citizenship, elaborating solutions to tackle everyday challenges towards a CE model, researching innovative ways to keep materials in a longer loop and making products cycle more efficient by introducing them back into supply chains. This GP provides companies with advice on practical, technical, and financial support encouraging them to implement their CE strategy. This will foster the market to reward companies that do business based on a CE approach.
ZWS seeks to accelerate economy, committing with manufacturers and encouraging the resource management sector to work in partnership to establish re-use and repair as a social norm. ZWS supports the following SG strategic objectives:
- A Greener Scotland: “Improving Scotland’s natural and built environment and the sustainable use and enjoyment of it.”
- A Wealthier and Fairer Scotland: “Enabling businesses and people to increase their wealth and more people to share fairly in that wealth.”
One of the main results of ZWS is the “Making Things Last” programme supported by the SG to develop a CE, promoting the development of a Manufacturing Action Plan for Scotland, illustrating the Circular Economy to the citizenship and launching the Economy Investment Fund to foster related business.

Resources needed

ZWS depends on grants of the Scottish Government with additional funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). The Scottish Government Grant is awarded annually to ZWS to support the delivery of Scottish Government’s Circular Economy strategy and other resource efficiency policies.

Evidence of success

- Almost 900 one to one resource efficiency projects progressed with organisations, with identified savings of £13.7M
- #makethingslast campaign reached nearly 1M people
- provided business development support on CE to 78 businesses
- trained over 200 procurement professionals on CE
- initiated the first major city-region approach to develop the CE in
Scotland with Glasgow Chamber of Commerce
- supported 2 pilot re-use and repair hubs: Blythswood Care superstore (Dingwall), the Edinburgh

Potential for learning or transfer

A key aspects of the GP interesting to be transferred is the nature of ZWS itself, as a dedicated entity created with the support of the Scottish Government devoted specifically to implement the Zero Waste Strategy.
Another crucial element is the capacity of ZWS to attract funds and offer tailored funding schemes appropriate for the diverse range of stakeholders they work with.
Lastly, the combination of financial, educational and technical support provided is interesting as it addresses the challenge of transitioning towards a CE at different levels.

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Main institution
Zero Waste Scotland, The Scottish Government
Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
Start Date
March 2018
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