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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 ( 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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