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This glossary of terms was compiled from a wide range of sources and covers some of the most commonly used waste-related words and abbreviations.

Please select a letter from the A-Z index to find the definition of a term.

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Community Recycling Network for Scotland (CRNS)
The CRNS is a membership organisation set up to provide support and information for community led groups involved in recycling, reuse, composting, reduction and waste education activities. Visit for more information.
Kerbside Recycling
A regular doorstep collection of recyclates from a specified kerbside container.
Recycling involves reprocessing waste materials to produce new materials. Recycling materials like cans, glass, paper and textiles recovers the valuable resources in waste to make new products. The recycled materials can be made into the same product (closed-loop recycling) or a different product (open-loop recycling).
Recycling Centre
A manned site with a collection of Recycling Points for depositing recyclates. Recycling Centres usually accept a wider range of waste materials than Recycling Points and can include other facilities, such as normal household waste disposal. Previously known as Civic Amenity Sites.
Recycling Point
An unmanned site with a container, or a collection of containers, for depositing recyclates, eg at a supermarket. Previously know as bring sites or bottle banks.
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