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The transition towards a more circular economy, where we both use and waste less, requires everyone to play their part - from governments and industry, to local businesses and consumers.

Our #ConsciousConsumption campaign aims to raise awareness around how consumer choices can make a big difference in reducing the amount of resources that we use and waste through our daily habits.

Businesses have an important part to play, both in the choices they present to their customers, and in reducing waste -and cutting costs - within their own operations.

Welcome to our Conscious Consumption page for businesses.

The Highland Community Waste Partnership is working to implement local solutions to some of the waste challenges we face.

Read on to learn how we can support your business to take action, cut costs, get ahead of upcoming legislation and make a difference in your community.

Jump to: Reduce food waste | Reduce single-use packaging waste

Reduce food waste

10% of global climate emissions come from food that is lost or wasted

1m tonnes of food is wasted annually in Scotland

£215 m is lost to Scottish hospitality businesses annually, becasue of wasted food

We can all agree that throwing food away is a waste. It is also a significant contributor to climate change. This is why the Scottish Government is aiming for a 33% reduction in the amount of food wasted by 2025.

More importantly, food waste costs your business - both in terms of the value of the food lost and the costs of disposal itself.

The good news is that a lot of food waste is preventable. And when scraps and food must be thrown away, we can reduce the impact and disposal costs, by turning it into valuable compost instead of sending it to landfill to rot.

Here's how the Highland Community Waste Partnership can help you to reduce the impact of food waste in your business:

To learn more about how the Highland Community Waste Partnership is tackling food waste waste, visit our food waste web page.

Reduce single-use items and packaging

55% sites in Scotland are littered with food and drink packaging


11 Billion items of packaging are generated each year in the UK by our food and drink on-the-go habits

77% of people in the Highlands are willing to change their consumption habits in order to reduce their environmental impact

Our culture of consuming food and drink on-the-go has come to rely on a constant stream of disposable packaging. This generates tremendous amounts of waste and litter.

The best way to address this is to move towards a system where packaging that is reusable. In the meantime, we can also reduce the impact of single-use waste by improving how it's recycled.

These issues are central to upcoming regulatory measures that are likely to impact businesses, including a mandate to take back single-use cups for recycling and the implementation of a cup charge, to separate the cost of the cup from the cost of the product, and incentivise reuse.

Our Conscious Consumption packaging initiatives are designed to help businesses get ahead of these regulations, and reduce the amount of single-use items that you use and waste.

Here's how the Highland Community Waste Partnership can help you to reduce the impact of packaging waste in your business:

To learn more about how the Highland Community Waste Partnership is tackling single-use items and packaging waste, visit our packaging web page.

 

 

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