Scotland pushes landfill ban back to 2025

The Scottish government has delayed its ban on landfilling biodegradable municipal waste until 2025, saying that the industry would not be ready in time to meet the original 2021 deadline.

In 2012, the Scottish parliament passed the Waste (Scotland) Regulations 2012, which included a ban on biodegradable municipal waste (BMW) going to landfill. 

The ban was expected to take effect from January 2021, prompting industry fears that an extra 1m tonnes of BMW could be landfilled in England.

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The Waste (Scotland) Regulations 2012 (SSI 2012/148)

In force/Current
Legislation
Scotland, UK
Published
22 May 2012

Commentary

2013-01-23T00:00:00.000Z Regulation 3 revoked by the Pollution Prevention and Control (Scotland) Regulations 2012 from 7 January 2013

Compliance Dates

17/05/2012 Comes into force for Scotland only (see Regulation 1)

Characteristics

Subject

Waste

Source

OPSI (Office of Public Sector Information)

Affected Sectors

Accommodation and Catering, Cross-sector, Food Products, Beverages And Tobacco, Metal, Offices, Real Estate and Public Administration, Plastics, Public Sector, Recycling, Rubber And Plastic Products, Waste and Cleaning
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The Waste (Scotland) Regulations 2012 (SSI 2012/148)

Document Status: In force/Current

Scope: Scotland, UK

Commentary:

2013-01-23T00:00:00.000Z Regulation 3 revoked by the Pollution Prevention and Control (Scotland) Regulations 2012 from 7 January 2013

Compliance:

17/05/2012 Comes into force for Scotland only (see Regulation 1)

However, following a government-commissioned market report which highlighted the lack of readiness in both the private and public sector, this has been pushed back.

The environment secretary Roseanna Cunningham, announced the deferral yesterday, emphasising that progress towards a ban by 2025 at the latest must be maintained in line with recommendations from the Committee on Climate Change (CCC).

In a letter sent to industry, she said the scottish landfill tax would be increased to provide a “further incentive” to reach compliance with the ban as soon as possible.

She added that a “centrally coordinated intervention” to help local authorities procure solutions for the remaining tonnage of waste would also help provide “the necessary contract length” to support investment. 

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