Scots update waste strategy procedures

Regulations bringing the preparation of Scotland’s waste strategy into line with the requirements of the EU Directive on public participation were issued in March.1

Scotland’s waste strategy, or "national waste plan", was produced by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency. It was issued in 2003 a few months before the adoption of the EU Directive on public participation, which requires public participation in the drawing up of certain plans and programmes in relation to the environment, including "national waste management plans".

The regulations remove the current duty on SEPA to prepare Scotland’s national waste strategy and give the Scottish ministers, who are answerable to Parliament, the duty to have a national waste management plan.

The existing national waste plan will continue to be in place until it is replaced.

Guidance on the landfill allowance scheme regulations was issued by the Scottish Executive in April.2 Interim guidance was issued in 2005 (ENDS Report 365, p 47 ).

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