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SNP need to "up their game" to tackle commercial waste, says Lib Dem MSP

Scottish National Party ministers have done little to tackle commercial waste and need to up their game, according to Liberal Democrat MSP environment spokesman Jim Hume.

Hume said that the SNP Government were complacent about achieving a zero waste society.

The Scottish Government launched its ambitious zero waste consultation last month (see MRW story).

Hume asked Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead a parliamentary question (3 September) about what commercial waste targets the Scottish Government had set.

In response, Lochhead said that there were no such targets in place at the moment and question nine of the zero waste plan asked stakeholders whether the Government should set commercial waste targets.

Hume told MRW: After hearing ministers harping on about how they are meeting manifesto pledges, this is further proof that the SNP prefer rhetoric over action.

The SNP are now more than half-way through the parliamentary term, yet ministers still dont have any targets in place to measure commercial waste reduction.

Significantly reducing commercial waste is vital if we are to create a zero waste society. It is seriously concerning that ministers have done so little in this area. All that they have committed so far is to consult on a consultation.

The one area where ministers do claim to be making progress is through the Courtauld Commitment, but this is not a new campaign. It was established on the previous executives watch.


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