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The Zero Waste Scotland website uses cookies to help us remember you and show you more relevant content.

When you land on a site your computer will automatically be issued with a cookie. Cookies are text files that identify your computer to our server.

Cookies in themselves do not identify the individual user, just the computer used. Many sites do this whenever a user visits their site in order to track traffic flows. Cookies themselves only record those areas of the site that have been visited by the computer in question, and for how long.

Users have the opportunity to set their computers to accept all cookies, to notify them when a cookie is issued, or not to receive cookies at any time. The last of these, of course, means that certain personalised services cannot then be provided to that user.

You can read further details within the 'website visitors' section of our Privacy Policy.

Types of cookies

Each Zero Waste Scotland website you visit will show a list of the specific cookies being used on that site, along with the controls to accept or reject these cookie categories.

In general practice, cookies can fall into the following categories:

First-party cookies

These cookies are set by the website you’re visiting. And only that website can read them.

Third-party cookies

These cookies are set by someone other than the owner of the website you’re visiting. Some Zero Waste Scotland web pages may also contain content from other sites like YouTube or Vimeo which may set their own cookies. Also, if you share a link to a Zero Waste Scotland page, the service you share it on (for example, Facebook) may set a cookie on your browser. You can manually control and turn off third-party cookies via your browser.

Session Cookies

These cookies only last as long as your online session, and disappear from your computer or device when you close your browser (like Internet Explorer or Safari).

Persistent cookies

These cookies stay on your computer or device after your browser has been closed and last for a time specified in the cookie. We use persistent cookies when we need to know who you are for more than one browsing session. For example, we use them to remember your preferences for the next time you visit

Essential cookies

These cookies let you use all the different parts of the Zero Waste Scotland website. Without them, the services that you’ve asked for can’t be provided. 

Functional cookies

These help us personalise the Zero Waste Scotland website to you by remembering your preferences and settings.

Performance cookies

These help us make sure that the website is working properly and fix any errors. 

Advertising cookies

Some websites use advertising networks to show you specially targeted adverts when you visit. These networks may also be able to track your browsing across different sites. 

Cookies used by zerowastescotland.org.uk

As of 14th November 2019, the following cookies are used on the zerowastescotland.org.uk website:

Cookie Name Purpose
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muxData Functional This cookie is used to enable certain video player functionalities associated with Vimeo.


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