Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Why reduce, reuse and recycle?

There are many good reasons to reduce, reuse and recycle. Everything we use has to come from somewhere and must go somewhere once we’re finished with it.

Reducing, reusing and recycling is Stupidly Simple

Make a difference

Each Scottish household generates more than a tonne of waste every year, but much of it could be reduced, reused or recycled to help create a cleaner and greener Scotland.

We can also make a huge difference (and save up to £470 a year) by taking steps to reduce food waste.

The environmental cost of an item isn't just a reflection of what's needed to make it. It also reflects the energy used in the item's production and the impact it will have when we use it and throw it away. This cost is felt both in Scotland and around the world. 

As waste breaks down in landfill it releases gases that play a part in climate change – and some waste, like certain kinds of plastic, never disappears.

By making smart decisions about what we buy and how we get the most out of our purchases, we can work together to reduce the amount of waste Scotland produces.

Items that break or fall apart can often be fixed to prolong their life. We can also reuse items for the same or a different purpose, giving many of the things that would otherwise be thrown away a second life.

And when it is finally time to throw something away, recycling makes sure that the materials used to make it are used again.

Reasons to reduce, reuse and recycle

  • Energy and resources are wasted whenever an item goes to landfill
  • Raw materials are a limited resource – we might not always be able to replace what we throw away
  • Less landfill means less pollution – and a cleaner, greener Scotland
  • Waste costs! Scotland’s avoidable food waste alone runs to more than £1 billion a year