We believe we can help tackle the climate emergency and promote social and environmental justice for communities across Scotland, by supporting a shift from the linear economy to a circular economy.
In a linear economy we take virgin materials from the earth, make them into consumer products, use them, and then discard them into landfill.
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.
The waste hierarchy is a way to understand the value of resources. In a circular economy, we aim to keep materials as close to the top of the waste hierarchy for as long as possible, aiming to avoid landfill altogether.