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Scottish National manifesto pledges to “build on recycling rates” with new waste legislation

The Scottish National Party (SNP) has promised to legislate for restricted inputs to energy-from-waste (EfW) facilities, “progressive” landfill bans and extend biomass from food and farm waste if re-elected.

The SNP manifesto makes a number of pledges around waste and recycling if returned to the Scottish Government in the May election, including a new Zero Waste Bill which will replace the

the 25% cap on municipal waste sent to EfW with landfill bans, compulsory source segregation of some types of waste and restrictions on the materials permitted to enter incinerators.

Other pledges include:

  • A pilot programme for deposit return or “reverse vending systems” for single use plastic, glass and aluminium containers
  • The phasing out of free plastic bags – with the promise to “consider” legislation in this area.
  • Attempts to site a plastics reprocessing facility in Scotland
  • The expansion of small scale biomass from food and farm waste.

The manifesto stated: “Last year we published Scotland’s first ever Zero Waste strategy and we are now measuring recycling on the basis of carbon contribution. We are determined to build on a record which has seen big improvements in recycling rates and reductions in waste going to landfill.”

The Scottish Labour Party manifesto has pledged to “explore the idea of local communities generating income from recycling locally produced waste” which would the reinvested in those communities, introduce separate recycling bins  on streets and in shopping centres and gradually phase in landfill bans.

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