Reducing Waste & Growing Green Economy
New legislation will create the tools to tackle waste and increase reuse and recycling rates.
The Circular Economy Bill will give Ministers powers to:
- Set local recycling targets, building on the experience of Wales, which has the best recycling rate in the UK
- Set statutory targets for delivery of a circular economy to measure progress in reducing waste and the nation’s carbon footprint
- Ban the disposal of unsold consumer goods, to prevent good products ending up in landfill
- Place charges on single-use items like coffee cups to encourage the move to reusable alternatives
Local authorities will be given additional enforcement powers, allowing them to crack down on flytipping and littering from cars.
The Scottish Government will also work with local authorities to co-design an updated national Code of Practice for household waste recycling, to improve consistency of services and increase the quality and quantity of recycling collected.