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Scottish Landfill ban timetable carries “significant risk of failure” claims Highland Council

There is a “significant risk of failure” in the Scottish Government’s two year lead-in times for introducing landfill bans, Highland Council has warned.

In the consultation document on the Zero Waste (Scotland) Regulations 2011, the Scottish Government plans to introduce requirements to sort dry recyclables and food waste in 2013, with landfill bans on both materials to follow a year later, and a total ban on landfilling organics in 2017.

However, a consultation response prepared by Highland Council Director of Transport, Environmental and Community Services Neil Gillies said: “The timetable carries with it a significant risk of failure if Scotland’s experience over the last 10 years (but actually over the previous 30 years) of putting in place new infrastructure is a bell-weather of future happenings.”

Instead, the council consultation response argued that “A risk assessment should have accompanied the consultation which set out clearly the risks (and risk owners) and the measure which the Government thinks will mitigate those risks.”

The council also commented that the Government’s plans to ban glass, food, metals, textiles, plastics and paper and card from landfill would “not necessarily” support infrastructure investment to achieve high recycling and that it “may encourage the private sector to deliver it at an inflated price.”

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