THE stakes are being potentially raised, to increase recycling and reduce waste in Scotland, with the publication of a proposed piece of legislation about the ‘circular economy’.
A Bill is to be presented to the Scottish Parliament that – among other things – will suggest placing charges on single-use items like coffee cups.
Says the Scottish Government of the ‘Circular Economy Bill’, here: “[It] will give ministers powers to:
- Set local recycling targets, building on the experience of Wales, which has the best recycling rate in the UK;
- Set statutory targets for delivery of a circular economy to measure progress in reducing waste and the nation’s carbon footprint; [and]
- Ban the disposal of unsold consumer goods, to prevent good products ending up in landfill.”
The announcement continues: “Local authorities will be given additional enforcement powers, allowing them to crack down on flytipping and littering from cars.
“The Scottish Government will also work with local authorities to co-design an updated national Code of Practice for household waste recycling, to improve consistency of services and increase the quality and quantity of recycling collected.”
Picture credit: Place Design Scotland
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