Circular Economy Strategy

Making East Dunbartonshire’s economy fairer, greener and more resilient

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East Dunbartonshire Circular Economy Strategy

A Circular Economy is one in which all waste is minimised as far as possible, with materials being kept in use or repurposed for as long as possible.

The Council has produced a draft Circular Economy Strategy for East Dunbartonshire, which sets out how the Council as an organisation will make its own processes more circular and also how the Council and its community partners will support businesses to become more circular.  You can read the draft strategy and have your say between 4th January and 3rd February 2023.

Why is it Important to Transition to a Circular Economy?

Waste is damaging to our planet and is one of the contributing causes of global climate and environmental crises.  The objective of a Circular Economy is zero waste – which is better for the environment, businesses and communities.

Every year, the average person in Scotland consumes the equivalent of 18.4 tonnes of raw materials, and Scotland’s consumption is 38% higher than the global average (and more than double the sustainable limit).  We need to move away from treating goods as disposable or we will run out of vital natural resources.  Transitioning to a Circular Economy means thinking differently about the products and materials we use – for example:

  • Repairing old things and designing new ones to be fixable so we keep them for longer
  • Repurposing and upcycling when items cannot be reused for their original purpose
  • Supporting businesses with innovative ideas for sustainably-made and reusable products
  • Borrowing, leasing, swapping and sharing things to get more use out of them
  • Diverting surplus goods and materials to other people who need or want them

If we make our economy circular, we will be making better use of all of the materials and products which already exist.  Fewer planetary resources (and emissions) will then be required to make new things to meet the needs of all of the people in our local and global communities.

Development of the Draft Circular Economy Strategy

Early engagement activities for the Circular Economy Strategy commenced in 2021.

In October 2021, local businesses across East Dunbartonshire were asked to take part in a survey as research to inform the forthcoming draft Circular Economy Strategy.  The businesses were asked what they already doing to become more sustainable/circular, what their plans are for the future in regards to reducing their environmental impact, and what they would like the Council to do to help them to achieve this objective.

76% of business'sA total of 177 responses were gathered from local businesses from across the Council area (53 face to face interviews, 110 telephone interviews and 14 online survey responses).  These responses have become part of a Background Report and have provided valuable insights which helped to shape the Draft Strategy.

The actions for the Draft Strategy were then developed in collaboration with members of the East Dunbartonshire Economic Partnership, a Circular Economy Ambassador Group with a board of local stakeholders including representatives from the local business and social enterprise community, and with teams across the Council as part of the Net Zero Working Group.

Read the draft strategy on the consultation webpage and find out more about how you can share your views.