Circular Economy


A circular economy is one that is restorative and regenerative by design, and which aims to keep products, components and materials at their highest utility and value at all times, distinguishing between technical and biological cycles.

(Source: Ellen MacArthur Foundation)

Circular Economy Policy

The Scottish Government have published “Making Things Last”: Scotland’s circular economy strategy. From an environmental perspective, the opportunities of a more circular economy are fundamental to the Scottish Government’s approach to tackling emissions arising from the consumption of goods, to help tackle climate change.

Circular Economy and CRNS Members

Members of the CRNS are social enterprises or community organisations managing waste resources at a local level through recycling, reuse, composting, waste reduction and waste education activities. Through these core activities they are naturally contributing to the circular economy here in Scotland. They prevent tonnes of valuable products and materials from ending up in landfill, create local jobs and other economic opportunities, and typically work to help those on low incomes or who are disadvantaged.

Circular Economy Funding & Support

The Circular Economy Investment Fund, managed by Zero Waste Scotland is a funding opportunity for businesses and organisations in Scotland working in all business and social economy sectors. This fund comprises support from the Scottish Government and the European Regional Development Fund.

For more information on the Circular Economy Investment Fund contact Zero Waste Scotland directly via their website.