25 November 2019

Aberdeenshire Council formally commits to a resources and circular economy

With Scotland pursuing a transition to a society and economy where we consume and waste far fewer resources, Aberdeenshire Council has given its formal commitment to a resources and circular economy.

Councillors gave their unanimous support to the strategy which is being supported by Scotland’s Zero Waste Plan and Circular Economy Strategy that aims to revolutionise the way in which products are designed, used, reused, repaired and recycled.

Aberdeenshire Council has already committed to reducing its consumption of resources in support of circular economy principles and zero-waste through its Environmental and Climate Change Policy.

The Resources and Circular Economy Commitment has been carefully developed to provide clear direction for the local authority as it strives for greater sustainability and responsibility in the way it considers, purchases and manages physical resources, and towards supporting a more circular economy.

Both policy and local area committees have provided valuable input into the strategy which was formally adopted by full council on Thursday (November 21).

Head of Economic Development Belinda Miller said afterwards: “This transition to a society and economy in which fewer resources are consumed and wasted will benefit our environment, economy and communities.

“Aberdeenshire Council, building on its commitments in its Environmental and Climate Change Policy, recognises that it has a duty to support and lead in the transition to a circular economy both locally and nationally.”

To meet its circular economy commitment, the council will:

• Promote, effect and support circular economy principles and practice internally and in our
external areas of influence such as events, contractors, partners, community and government

• Develop an internal Resources and Circular Economy Framework to give principles,
expectations and guidance to all staff and services

• Promote circular purchasing options, such as sharing, reuse, leasing and purchasing of items that have been designed, manufactured or sourced with circular economy principles in mind

• Support suppliers with circular economy principles, including circular design, reuse and repair, and the reduction of unnecessary use of resources

• Avoid, where possible, the purchase of items which do not contribute to a more circular
economy and do not represent a responsible use of resources, such as some single or limited
use items.

• Establish reuse systems and processes that facilitate the efficient and effective internal sharing and reuse of all manner of council physical resources

• Develop external links and arrangements, including with the third sector and community
groups, to ensure that resources not needed within the council go to the most productive use
possible, with disposal (recycling, landfill or burning) being the last resort

• Ensure that verified, responsible recycling routes are used, wherever practicable, that
appropriate infrastructure and guidance is provided across council premises, and that staff
comply with recycling procedures