The Scottish Government is developing a new Zero Waste Plan for Scotland to provide direction and guidance on key waste management issues to help support Scotland on the journey to a Zero Waste society. Zero Waste means reducing the unnecessary use of raw materials; re-using products where possible and recovering value from products when they reach the end of their lives either through recycling, composting or energy recovery. The ultimate goal is to eliminate the need for landfill altogether by recovering value from materials in the most sustainable way possible.
The Zero Waste Plan will be published in 2010 and feedback from anyone who might be affected by it is welcomed until the deadline of November 13 2009. The feedback received will play an important part in determining the content of the plan. Visit www.scotland.gov.uk/zerowasteplan to find out more.
The Scottish Government genuinely wants to know what you think about waste in this country.
It’s an excellent chance to put forward your views to those in power about some of the key issues facing us in terms of the way we manage waste. So if you have ideas, opinions, expertise, principles or simply too much time on your hands it’s time to get involved.
Key issues include:
- Being clear about everyone’s roles and responsibilities. Setting and meeting targets on prevention, reuse, recycling and composting, and setting caps on energy from waste and landfill.
- Waste management and Climate Change.
- Complying with the revised EU Waste Framework Directive and the Landfill Directive.
- Delivery Options.
- Improving waste data, to track progress and stimulate investment.
- Better waste regulation.
- Land-use planning for waste management.
- Possible implementation of further Landfill Bans.