Scotland waste prevention plan sets national 2017 target

Scotland plans to reduce the amount of waste it generates by nearly a million tonnes over the next four years.

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 move contrasts sharply with the apparent lack of government leadership on waste prevention in England (see p12).

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