Scotland sets waste prevention target

Scotland plans to reduce the amount of waste it generates by nearly a million tonnes over the next four years, and is using a mix of regulation, business help, voluntary deals and carrier bag charging to achieve this

The Scottish government has set itself a national waste reduction target of 7% by 2017 – against a 2011 baseline of 13.24 million tonnes.

The economy-wide target is the key objective of a waste prevention programme for Scotland published on 2 October.1 The programme sets out the Holyrood government’s strategy for cutting waste and making Scotland’s economy more circular and resource efficient.

The new waste target will be used as a measure of success and benchmark the programme’s waste prevention efforts. Achieving a 15% waste reduction by 2025 is also included in the document as part of a “longer term vision” for Scotland.

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