Date lodged: 19 August 2016
To ask the Scottish Government how it encourages local authorities to adopt good practice on waste minimisation and reuse.
Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham 7 September 2016
Waste minimisation and reuse are core to delivering a more circular economy, and the Scottish Government has set out its priorities for a circular economy in its strategy ‘Making Things Last’, published in February 2016. Local authorities and other bodies have a statutory duty to apply the waste hierarchy, prioritising waste prevention and reuse. The Scottish Government, through Zero Waste Scotland, is supporting local authorities to improve reuse collection, storage, retail and communications. This includes activity at Household Waste Recycling Centres and through bulky waste services; and through the National Reuse Phone line, making it easier to donate items.