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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-22797: Maurice Golden (West Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 24 April 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has had with stakeholders and local authorities in the rest of the UK regarding the possibility of using landfill sites outside Scotland for the disposal of Scottish waste.

Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham 2 May 2019

The duty to comply with the ban on biodegradable municipal waste landfill rests with those responsible for waste disposal. Our waste markets study, published on 23 April, assessed a range of processing and disposal capacity across the UK and elsewhere.

We are working with local authorities and other stakeholders who do not have a solution in place to identify ways, such as collaborative procurement and improved recycling, in which they can comply with the ban as soon as possible. We are also working to raise awareness of the forthcoming ban in the commercial sector and seeking improvements in recycling and waste minimisation performance.