The strategy would include waste minimisation, recovery of waste through reuse, recycling, or energy recovery and the development of clean technologies.

Donald Macfarlane. Head of Waste Policy at SEPA said: “We want to provide Scotland, for the first time, with an integrated strategy for dealing with waste. We are consulting with a wide range of people, including the waste industry and local authorities, about the strategy. We hope that our consultation document will stimulate the wider debate that is needed if we are to drive the issues forward and set the scene for real progress.”

Around 14 million tonnes of waste, including 2.4 million tonnes of household waste, is produced in Scotland each year, and at present about 90% of it goes into landfill sites.

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