Orkney Islands Council
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Policies and Plans - Waste and Recycling

Household Refuse and Recycling Service Policies

These policies detail what Orkney Islands Council offers to the residents of Orkney for their domestic waste and recycling service, recycling do’s and don’ts and aims and objectives of the Council in trying to reduce waste and recycle more. The document can be found in the 'Related Downloads' section of this page.

Area Waste Plan

The aim of the Area Waste Plan, AWP, is to contribute to the sustainable development of the area by developing waste management systems that will control waste generation, reduce its environmental impact, improve resource efficiency, stimulate investment and maximise the economic opportunities arising from waste.

The AWP covers all types of waste - household, commercial, industrial - but initially focuses on municipal waste.

The AWP is available in Portable Document Format, in two versions Full and Summary, from Related Downloads at the bottom of this web page.

Scotland's Zero Waste Plan

The Scottish Government has a new Zero Waste Plan for Scotland which outlines how we can all play our part in reducing the amount of waste we produce, reuse valuable resources and increase recycling levels to help Scotland become a Zero Waste Society.

Visit the Scottish Government website to view Scotland's Zero Waste Plan. See Related Sites section on this page for further information.

Zero Waste Scotland’s Circular Economy Strategy

This strategy sets out the priorities for moving towards a more circular economy – where products and materials are kept in high value use for as long as possible. It builds on Scotland’s progress in the zero waste and resource efficiency agendas. A more circular economy will benefit:

  • The environment – cutting waste and carbon emissions and reducing reliance on scarce resources.
  • The economy – improving productivity, opening up new markets and improving resilience.
  • Communities – more, lower cost options to access the goods we need with opportunities for social enterprise.

Household Refuse and Recycling Service Policies

These policies detail what Orkney Islands Council offers to the residents of Orkney for their domestic waste and recycling service, recycling do’s and don’ts and aims and objectives of the Council in trying to reduce waste and recycle more. The document can be found in the 'Related Downloads' section of this page.

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