Views Sought on Circular Economy Transition
Proposals to increase reuse and recycling and cut waste are being put forward as part of a consultation.
Reducing single-use disposable items like cups, banning the destruction of unsold goods and promoting the reuse of construction materials are just some of the actions being suggested as part of the draft Circular Economy and Waste Route Map consultation, which will run until 15 March.
Over the past ten years the total amount of waste going to landfill in Scotland has dropped by over a third, with the most recent official statistics showing that Scotland met its 2025 target to reduce all waste by 15%.
Following the initial consultation, the new route map sets out a plan for new national reuse and recycling targets along with priority actions needed between now and the end of the decade to help drive Scotland’s transition to a circular economy.
It takes on board the feedback from the initial consultation in 2022, including the ask to consult on the key priorities. The final Route Map is scheduled to be published later in 2024.
The actions complement provisions in the draft Circular Economy Bill, which is currently at stage 1 in Parliament, and include proposals for the creation of local recycling targets reflecting the success of Wales – which has one of the highest household recycling rates in the world.
An environmental report has been published alongside the Route Map, covering findings on the likely environmental implications arising from the Route Map’s proposals.
The proposed priorities in the Route Map are to:
- reduce food waste from households and businesses
- significantly improve recycling from households and businesses
- embed circular construction practices – including the development of regional Scottish hubs and networks for the reuse of construction materials and assets
- set new circular economy targets from 2025, which will run until at least 2030
- minimise the impact of disposal of waste that cannot be reused or recycled
- promote and support responsible production and consumption (including tackling consumption of single-use items and promoting reuse)
- strengthen our data and evidence of the environmental impact of actions, sustainable procurement practices, and skills and training