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Viridor calls for “grown up politics” in the Scottish waste debate

Waste management company Viridor has called for more “grown up politics” in Scottish political discussions on waste.

Viridor communications manager Martin Grey told the Local Authority Recycling Advisory Committee (LARAC) Scottish conference in Glasgow that the recycling and renewable energy from waste sector has been “overlooked or opposed in communities the length and breadth of our country”.

Instead, Grey called for a “renewed vision” from Scottish politicians, as well as from regulatory bodies, local authorities and communities. He said: “We need to paint the picture of where we are going, why and what the benefits are aligned with the costs of doing nothing.

“Too often we’ve seen a failure in communicating the need for change and politics impeding projects which will deliver policy objectives.  Political and societal attitudes remain one of the biggest barriers to zero waste delivery and the sustainability, employment and green energy benefits which follow.”

Grey’s comments follow the announcement that Viridor was awarded consent for a £200m waste hub in Dunbar, East Lothian, but denied consent for a road-to-rail transfer station in Edinburgh.

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