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Councils say Scottish landfill ban date 'unlikely' to be met

A ban on household waste going to landfill by 2021 is “unlikely” to be achieved, a Scottish councils’ paper leaked to the BBC has warned.

The Scottish Government wants to stop landfilling by increasing recycling and building more incinerators.

But a report for a private session of councillors due on Friday of the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (Cosla) said: “As it stands, it seems unlikely that the 2021 ban will be fully achievable.”

According to the BBC report, the paper for Cosla’s environment and economy board said councils were working with the Scottish Government to establish a “realistic suite of options” to divert waste from landfill but would be unlikely to achieve this by the target date of 2021.

A Cosla spokesman said the story was based on a leak and it would not comment.

A Scottish Government spokesman told the BBC: “The forthcoming ban on biodegradable municipal waste from landfill in Scotland remains an important part of our commitment to achieving a more circular economy.

“We are aware of the challenges associated with the introduction of the ban, and are working with Scottish Environment Protection Agency, Zero Waste Scotland, councils and the private sector to prepare for it.

“We will publish a waste markets study shortly which, along with the close co-operation of stakeholders, will help us to identify any further actions we may need to take to ensure that Scotland is ready to deliver the ban.”

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