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Scottish Conservative MSPs say plastic waste exports should end

The Scottish Conservatives have called for the construction of a plastics recycling plant in the country to deal with “vast” quantities of material now exported to Asia.

Shadow Scottish environment secretary Maurice Golden said: “We all need to be more conscious of the waste we create and the importance of recycling.

“A Scottish plastics recycling plant would help to recycle a valuable resource, create jobs and help to ensure that no plastics from Scotland end up polluting our oceans.”

The Tories said vast quantities of Scottish plastic waste are exported rather than recycled in Scotland, where a new plant could create jobs and ensure the plastic was not dropped into oceans.

This would allow Scotland to treat its waste as a resource whose value was retained in the economy and could draw in material from the north of England.

Under the Tories’ plan, there would also be an increase in on-the-spot fines for littering from £80 to £100.

The party is the second largest in the Scottish Parliament, forming the main opposition to the Scottish National Party government.

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