Circular Economy

Circular economy

A circular economy involves taking responsibility for a sustainable future by sharing, repairing, reusing, leasing, refurbishing and recycling existing materials and products for as long as possible, to extend their life cycle and recycling as a last resort.

Local Opportunities

  • Community Re-Use Hub at Baldovie Recycling Centre: Donate unwanted furniture and household items which can be repaired for re-use 
  • Tayside Re-users accept donations of used furniture, white goods, electrical items and many other items from the public. These items are tested and sold from The Emporium, so that members of the public can get a good deal.  
  • The Wardrobe sells good quality second-hand adults clothing and accessories as well as new and used books. They also hold workshops around repairing and upcycling clothing, giving the community the confidence and abilities to mend and prolong the life of their clothes. 
  • Reboutique is dedicated to reinventing, reimagining and reusing unwanted and throw away items into new useable items. 
  • Wood recycling Dundee and Tayside sell recycled wood pallets, kindling and firewood blocks. They also upcycle pallet wood into beautiful, long-lasting furniture and decorative products. 
  • SCRAPantics Scrapstore has a constantly evolving stock of materials ranging from wood and hand tools to paper, fabric, yarn, card and stationery. If you look hard enough, you’re also bound to find some unusual and fascinating oddities! 
  • Tayside Up-cycling Craft Centre showcases the creations of Furniture, Fabric, Metal and wood artisans as well offering advice on upcycling.

To explore more local examples visit the Sustainable Dundee Map



Use Less Plastic

Minimise the use of plastics – plastics take hundreds of years to decompose, they contain harmful chemicals and are associated with the deaths of marine life, birds and animals.



Recycling reduces the need for extracting (mining, quarrying and logging), refining and processing raw materials all of which create substantial air and water pollution. As recycling saves energy it also reduces greenhouse gas emissions, which helps to tackle climate change.


Recycling In Dundee

Blue Bin
Blue Bin link

Paper, card and cardboard

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Green Bin
Food Waste link

All types of food waste – cooked and uncooked including bones

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Grey Bin
General Waste link

All household waste that can’t be recycled

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Composting link

Home composting is the most environmentally-friendly way of dealing with kitchen and garden waste, plus it produces compost that can be used as an excellent soil improver

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illustration of street grid with recycling points
Household Recycling Points link

Do you live in a flat? Find out where your recycling bins are

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Glass recycling link

Find a full list of recycling points

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Recycling Centre
Recycling Centres link

Baldovie & Riverside Recycling Centre

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A to Z
A-Z Recycling Guide link

Everything you need to know about recycling

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More Resources

Reduce, Reuse & Recycle link

Reduce, Reuse & Recycle

Resources can be found here...

Sustainable Dundee Map link

Sustainable Dundee Map

Visit the Sustainable Dundee Map to find out what happens locally