More than 200 actions and events are taking place across Scotland as the country takes part in the European Week for Waste Reduction.
Supported by the LIFE+ Programme of the European Commission, the third EWWR is taking place until 27 November.
Zero Waste Scotland is one of seven UK bodies participating in the week, and is behind 218 actions and events including:
- Moray Council’s reuse and repair drive, which will encourage pupils from local schools to bring in unwanted or broken electronic and electrical equipment for collection.
- A screening of Academy Award-nominated film ‘Wasteland’ on 22 November at the University of Stirling Campus cinema, organised by local charity Forth Environment Link
- A ‘Take 1 at a time’ promotion led nationwide by NHS Scotland –to encourage a reduction in paper towel usage
- The Wise Group, a social enterprise based in Glasgow, focusing on food waste prevention with advice stalls in supermarkets and winter festivals
Scottish environment secretary Richard Lochhead said: “Scotland could save at least £2.3bn by reducing waste and ensuring we make the most of our resources.
“By taking part in this European initiative, organisations across Scotland have highlighted how we can all make better use of our resources.
“Scotland has ambitious targets for cutting waste, becoming a society that turns its resources back into new, useful materials which can benefit Scottish businesses, support jobs and contribute to many wider social benefits.”