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Reducing your carbon impact helps to build a cleaner, greener, healthier Scotland.

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From farm to fork

When we waste food, it’s not the only resource that's lost. We also waste the energy, fuel, water and time that it took to grow, harvest, store, transport and cook the food.

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Food waste facts

We’ve rounded up some food waste facts and statistics to put into perspective the scale of the problem and show how recycling food waste can really make a difference.

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Composting food waste

If your local authority does not offer a food waste recycling service, you can recycle your food waste in a composting bin or a compost heap.

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Food waste recycling in your area

Many local authorities in Scotland now offer food waste recycling with street bin collection. Find out here if yours does.

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Shop smarter

Avoidable food and drink waste costs the average household £470 annually. That’s at least £40 a month you could save.

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Eating greener links and resources

A few useful resources and links to help you eat greener.

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Types of food

By reducing our food waste, we could enjoy more of the food we buy and save up to £470 a year in the process.

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In season food calendar

Our at-a-glance in season food calendar is a great way to see what’s tasty and in season in Scotland month by month.

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Farm produce box schemes

Buying produce direct from a farm means tasty, fresh produce. Boxes contain a selection of in season vegetables and sometimes it’s possible to add fruit and fresh eggs to an order.

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Grow your own food

Growing your own means fruit, veg and herbs for less. A little outlay is needed to get started, but growing your own food can help to cut down on food miles, trips to the shops and wasteful packaging. It can also be very satisfying.

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Farmers' Markets

Shopping at a farmers market means buying direct and is a great way to buy in season, local foods at their freshest.

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Local in season food

Scotland boasts a wealth of tasty food from fruit and vegetables to meat, fish and diary. Knowing where our food is from means we can source quality ingredients locally and make the most of Scotland’s abundant natural resources.

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Public transport

Taking the bus or train can often be quicker, more convenient and cost you less than the total cost of running a car.

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Active travel

The day-to-day travel decisions you make can have a real impact on making Scotland a cleaner, greener place to live – and they could also help you to be fitter, healthier, happier and wealthier.

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Planning your journey

Use the Traveline Scotland journey planner below to get journey times and costs.

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Home energy links and resources

Heat your home for less – all year round. These resources offer advice and help that can lead to big savings.

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Heating systems

You may be able to save money by making your central heating system more efficient.

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Insulation

If your energy bills are rising, it makes more sense than ever to insulate your home.

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Case Studies

Home Energy Scotland from the Scottish Government helps Scots across the country to stay warm each winter. Read our case studies to find out more. 

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