Zero Waste Plan unveiled for Scotland

Scotland has outlined plans for a zero waste future and hinted at increasing the types of materials banned from landfill.

Plans, launched last Thursday (20 August), could also create 2000 jobs, according to the Scottish Government as it plans to introduce more recycling and green technology.

The strategy, currently out for a 12 week consultation, hints at a ‘possible implementation’ of landfill bans on materials including glass, metals, textiles and wood.

The government will also target the construction industry, which in contributes a huge 45% of Scotland’s waste.

It also contains options for improvements to recycling facilities in public places and more kerbside collections.

Scottish environment secretary, Richard Lochhead, said: “This is a positive step in tackling Scotland’s waste – viewing it as a resource rather than a problem.

“There are major economic benefits, as well as environmental gains, to be had including creating thousands of jobs and new business opportunities.

“We all have a part to play in meeting this vision, including the construction industry which contributes around 45 per cent of Scotland’s waste.

“Reducing waste is good for business, as well as for the environment, as it reduces costs. We need to do more to tackle all types of commercial waste.

“The Scottish Government has already signed a commitment to halve its construction waste to landfill by 2012.”

The consultation can be viewed on the Scottish Government’s website

Luke Walsh

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