Date lodged: 20 September 2018
To ask the Scottish Government how it will help farmers in remote rural and island areas access farm plastic recycling services once they are no longer able to incinerate plastics on-farm after 1 January 2019.
Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham 27 September 2018
Recycling service providers already provide services to island communities, including Bute and Orkney and they have indicated that they plan to significantly extend their collection area to cover other areas as farmers and crofters move into compliance and start to demand their services. A transition period until 1 January 2019 has been agreed in order to allow this to happen. Initial feedback from providers following the recent announcement has shown a marked increase in interest in recycling services from farmers. SEPA is working closely with NFUS and local authorities to monitor the situation.