Waste firms and local authorities ‘unprepared’ for Scottish landfill ban, report finds

A “significant proportion” of waste operators and local authorities in Scotland are not prepared for the nation’s 2021 ban on household landfill, according to a government-commissioned report.

The report, from consultancy Eunomia, confirmed industry fears that Scotland faces a one million tonne residual waste capacity gap. In addition, it said it was likely that Scotland will be forced into sending some of this to be landfilled in England - at least in the short-term.

The report found that 14 local authorities, accounting for 55.5% of residual household waste in Scotland, have already made the financial investment to ensure solutions are in place before the ban.

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