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Scotland

Scotland has an overarching, long-term plan for resource efficiency and sustainable waste management, Zero Waste Scotland, which “promotes the vision of a Scotland where we waste as little as possible”.

This is implemented by the requirements of the Waste Scotland Regulations 2012, and the Scottish Parliament has adopted a phased approach to rolling out the key measures in the regulations, with targets stating that Local Authority collected waste must recycle, prepare for reuse or compost:

● 50% by 2013
● 60% by 2020
● 70% by 2025

Safeguarding Scotland’s Resources Programme

In addition to the Waste (Scotland) Regulations 2012 the Scottish Government launched a consultation, Safeguarding Scotland’s Resources – A Programme for the Efficient Use of our Materials, which acts as Scotland’s Waste Prevention Programme and sought views on a range of proposals to reduce waste and promote resource efficiency. This proposed an overall target of a 5% reduction in all waste by 2015, and a longer term vision of a 15% reduction in all waste by 2025.

In June 2013 it published its analysis of the consultation responses, with the feedback addressing 4 major areas: business resource efficiency, products and packaging, reuse, and influencing behaviours.

Business Resource Efficiency Service

One of the key aspects raised in 2012 was the development of a dedicated Business Resource Efficiency service “Resource Efficient Scotland”, which was launched in April 2013. The new service provides (www.resourceefficientscotland.com) information, advice and support to business and public sector organisations, which includes focussing on supporting SMEs to implement waste, energy and carbon efficiency measures.

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