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Key to deliver zero waste outlined

Priorities to help Scotland achieve its ambitious zero waste targets are outlined in a new report.

The Scottish Environmental Services Association’s (SESA) Waste to Resource: the Pathway to Zero Waste report outlines recommendations for the industry to be able invest in the required services and infrastructure to meet waste targets.

Scottish Government zero waste plan targets are: 70% recycled and maximum 5% sent to landfill by 2025.

The report’s recommendations include reducing the unpredictability of the planning system, unlocking private sector investment through a simple, technology neutral policy framework, consideration of waste developments and local and national levels, and more work to crack down on illegal waste crime.

Launching the report, chairman of the SESA Executive Committee Colin Paterson, said: “SESA supports the new Waste (Scotland) Regulations as a strong foundation for promoting green growth and reducing the carbon emissions associated with managing the economy’s waste.

“Going forward, the role of our industry is to add further value and efficiency by turning more of Scotland’s waste into high quality resources that can be returned back into the productive economy”.

CBI Scotland director Iain McMillan said that Scotland needed a “strong and vibrant” waste management industry capable of delivering high value services to Scotland’s business community.

“However, the success of the Scottish Government’s zero waste agenda will be measured by how efficiently new waste infrastructure can be delivered on the ground,” he said.

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