For those things we can't find a new use for, it's never been easier to recycle a whole range of materials.
When it comes to minimising the impact of consumption on Scotland's environment, the best place to start is by trying to reduce what we use.
We can make a difference to the environment by reusing more of what we already have.
Reduce, reuse, recycle
We can all help to create a greener Scotland by reducing, reusing and recycling. Greener living is more than an investment in a cleaner, greener future – we can also work together to make a positive impact right now.
As waste breaks down in landfill it releases gases that play a part in climate change – and some waste, like certain kinds of plastic, never disappears.
Each Scottish household generates more than a tonne of waste every year, but much of it could be reduced, reused or recycled to help create a cleaner and greener Scotland.
We can also make a huge difference (and save up to £470 a year) by taking steps to reduce food waste.
Make a difference
Do your bit to help protect Scotland's natural environment - for yourself and each other.
Can you give things another life?
Now you know why to reduce, reuse and recycle, try your hand at our Rapid Recycler game.