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Circular Tayside

This report is designed to help readers understand the economic activities at the local and regional level and to highlight the scale of some of the circular economy opportunities. It provides several high-level sector action plans that serve as a guide for the next stage of the regional strategy, which is to engage with businesses and to facilitate the implementation of the circular economy opportunities within this report. The breadth and scale of the opportunities confirm the unique and strategic role cities and their surrounding areas will play in the transition to the circular economy.

Regions can act as innovation centres and frontrunners for a circular economy transition due to their scale and diverse economies. Tayside is characterised by an incredibly rich set of resources arising from communities and households, industry and agriculture.  In 2014, the Tay Cities economic region generated around 8% of Scotland’s gross value added (GVA) worth just over £9 billion.

Predicted economic benefits in Tayside from adopting a circular economy are around £404 million:

  • Construction and the built environment sector – £185 million
  • Energy infrastructure sector – £186 million
  • Manufacturing sector – £19 million
  • Food and drink sector, and the wider bioeconomy – £14 million

The key circular economy opportunities we identified in Tayside are summarised as follows;

Food and drink and the wider bio-economy

  • Unused fruit valorisation
  • Potato residue valorisation
  • Starch production from by-products
  • Plastics as part of the circular economy
  • Tackling food waste across the value chain

Construction and the built environment

  • Circular economy in infrastructure procurement
  • Building refurbishment and regeneration


  • Innovative circular economy manufacturing

Energy infrastructure

  • Oil and gas decommissioning
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