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Zero waste aim drives Scottish targets

Municipal targets to recycle 70% of waste and reduce landfill by 95% by 2025 have been proposed by the Scottish Government. The plans are part of a zero waste Scotland vision to continue stopping the growth in municipal waste by 2010. Another 2025 goal is to restrict the amount of waste that can be used to generate energy to 25%. The Scottish Government also said that it would reject large inefficient incinerators.

Presenting the policy to the Scottish Parliament, cabinet secretary for rural affairs and
environment Richard Lochhead said: I also acknowledge that there is a role for energy from waste that is compatible with sustainable development, as well as our energy and climate change policies. However, the Government is rejecting the need for large, inefficient, 'white elephant' incinerators.

"Last month's report on energy from waste from the Sustainable Development Commission supported the use of smaller, more efficient plants such as combined heat and power plants or district heating.

He said that he would consult on waste policy over the next year as the National Waste Management Plan for Scotland was developed. He also announced a new Zero Waste Think Tank to ensure Scotland benefits from the best expertise as we move towards a zero waste society.

Lochhead also called on retailers and businesses in general to minimise waste and recycle and said: I want to see a much bigger focus on reducing commercial and industrial waste.

Scotlands proposed waste targets

 Year  % of municipal waste being recycled or composted  % of municipal waste used for energy  % of municipal waste going to landfill
 2010  40  4  56
 2013  50 14  36
 2020  60 25  15 
 2025  70 25  5

The Scottish Environmental Protection Agencys latest recycling figures for Scotland is 29.8%.

Image: cabinet secretary for rural affairs and environment Richard Lochhead

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