Scotland's one million tonne question

A huge amount of residual waste could be looking for a new home when Scotland's landfill ban takes effect in 2021. Where will it end up?

On May 9, 2012, the Scottish parliament passed the Waste (Scotland) Regulations 2012, which included a ban on biodegradable municipal waste (BMW) going to landfill. The end goal was “no waste with reuse or recycling potential being landfilled by 2020”. But seven years on and just 18 months before the ban kicks in on 1 January 2021, research has revealed there could be more than one million tonnes of waste with nowhere to go.  

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