The Scottish Environmental Services Association (Sesa) has called for compulsory recycled content levels in public procurement contracts from the next Scottish Parliament.
Sesa’s manifesto, released ahead of the Parliament elections on 5 May, said boosting demand for reused or recycled material is essential for Scotland to meet its 70% recycling target by 2025.
The manifesto, Making a Success of the Circular Economy (CE), proposes measures to help reduce contamination, support energy from waste (EfW) and tackle waste crime.
With regards to contamination, it calls for better information to householders on the range of materials that should and should not be presented for recycling.
It also warns against barriers to global free trade, which it says “would be harmful to the longer term development of a CE, raising costs across the economy and harming jobs and inward investment”.
Scotland currently has the lowest recycling rate within the UK at 43%, but has shown substantial ambition by releasing its own CE strategy, opening an institute of remanufacture and launching a voluntary standardised collection charter.
Sesa policy adviser Stephen Freeland said the new Scottish Parliament must build on this momentum.
“A central theme is the need to improve the quality of recyclable material captured through collection systems, and for Sesa to take a harder line on illegal waste activities,” he said.
“We look forward to working with Parliament in implementing these recommendations in [Scotland’s] transition to a CE.”