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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-23133: Claudia Beamish (South Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 13 May 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what it is doing to support local authorities to reduce the levels of household waste being sent to landfill.

Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham 28 May 2019

ZWS are also delivering the Recycle for Scotland campaign to promote recycling with councils and other partners.

In addition, a Food Waste Reduction Action Plan was published in April which sets out how Scotland can work towards achieving the target and reduce the amount of food waste going to landfill to support the ban. Household food waste alone accounts for 2,240,000 tonnes of CO2 equivalent and this represents 2.9% of Scotland’s carbon footprint. Food waste sent to landfill is particularly problematic as it releases methane, a greenhouse gas many times more potent than carbon dioxide.

The Scottish Government is committed to ending the practice of sending biodegradable municipal waste to landfill. Scotland has already met EU targets for reducing the amount of waste being sent to landfill and the recent Waste Markets Study demonstrates that significant progress has been made towards meeting the ban on biodegradable municipal waste (including food waste) by 2021. More than half of Scottish local authorities have long term or interim solutions in place.