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These Three Cities In Scotland Are Now Zero-Waste Utopias

By Tessa Love

Scotland is continuing to position itself as a global leader in environmental sustainability with the addition of three more cities gaining "Zero Waste Town" status: Perth, Leith and Edinburgh.

The designation is part of the country's Zero Waste Plan, an ambitious project initiated in 2010 to promote the adoption of a circular economy and zero-waste approaches in cities across the nation. The newest three to attain the status join Dunbar and the Isle of Bute as the first to spearhead the soon-to-be nationwide project. 

In Scotland, the project is described by the government as a vision in which "all waste is seen as a resource; Waste is minimized; valuable resources are not disposed of in landfills, and most waste is sorted, leaving only limited amounts to be treated." Some of the targets set within those parameters include recycling 70 percent of material waste and sending a maximum of 5 percent sent to landfills by 2025. It also includes measuring the carbon impacts of all waste and bans on types of waste that enter landfills to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.