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.
The Waste (Scotland) Regulations 2012 (SSI 2012/148)
22 May 2012
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.