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Scotland's Zero Waste Plan: Consultation

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Covering Letter

Waste and Pollution Reduction Division
Deputy Director - Kim Fellows - Tel: 0131-244 - 0235
E-mail: kim.fellows@scotland.gsi.gov.uk

20 August 2009

COVERING LETTER FOR THE CONSULTATION ON SCOTLAND'S ZERO WASTE PLAN

Scottish Government are developing a new waste plan for Scotland. This letter is to inform you of the launch of the consultation on Scotland's Zero Waste Plan. We are inviting written or online responses to this consultation paper by 13 th November 2009. If you have any queries, please contact Emma Taylor (Email: emma.taylor@scotland.gsi.gov.uk or Tel: 0131 244 0312)

Background information and links to the consultation exercise can be found at: www.scotland.gov.uk/zerowasteplan.

Please send your response with the completed Respondent Information Form (see "Handling your Response" below) to:

zerowasteplan@scotland.gsi.gov.uk
or to
Zero Waste Plan Consultation

Waste and Pollution Reduction Division
Scottish Government
1-J Dockside
Victoria Quay
Edinburgh
EH6 6QQ

Please indicate in your response which questions or part of the consultation paper you are responding to as this will aid our analysis of the responses received.

Background

Scotland's Zero Waste Plan will provide direction and guidance and seek views on key waste management issues that can support Scotland on the journey to a Zero Waste society.

Key issues include:

  • Being clear about everyone's roles and responsibilities.
  • Setting and meeting targets on prevention, reuse, recycling and composting, and setting caps on energy from waste and landfill.
  • Waste management and Climate Change.
  • Complying with the revised EU Waste Framework Directive and the Landfill Directive.
  • Delivery Options.
  • Improving waste data, to track progress and stimulate investment.
  • Better waste regulation.
  • Land-use planning for waste management.
  • Possible implementation of further Landfill Bans.

The final version of the Plan will be published in 2010.

As well as comments on the draft Plan, the Scottish Government would welcome your comments on the Strategic Environmental Assessment ( SEA): Environmental Report which we are also publishing today. We would also welcome your comments on the UK Packaging Strategy. Further details and a link to both documents can be found at: www.scotland.gov.uk/zerowasteplan.

The consultation is only available as an electronic publication, apart from a very limited number published in hard copy for consultees who do not have access to the internet. In addition, a consultation leaflet is also available at www.scotland.gov.uk/zerowasteplan or from the above contacts.

This consultation, and all other Scottish Government consultation exercises, can be viewed online on the consultation web pages of the Scottish Government website at http://www.scotland.gov.uk/consultations. You can telephone Freephone 0800 77 1234 to find out where your nearest public internet access point is.

The Scottish Government now has an email alert system for consultations ( SEconsult: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/consultations/seconsult.aspx). This system allows stakeholder individuals and organisations to register and receive a weekly email containing details of all new consultations (including web links). SEconsult complements, but in no way replaces SG distribution lists, and is designed to allow stakeholders to keep up to date with all SG consultation activity, and therefore be alerted at the earliest opportunity to those of most interest. We would encourage you to register.

Handling your response

We need to know how you wish your response to be handled and whether you are happy for your response to be made public. Please complete and return the Respondent Information Form included with this consultation paper as this will ensure that we treat your response appropriately. If you ask for your response not to be published we will regard it as confidential, and we will treat it accordingly.

All respondents should be aware that the Scottish Government is subject to the provisions of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 and would therefore have to consider any request made to it under the Act for information relating to responses made to this consultation exercise.

Next steps in the process

Where respondents have given permission for their response to be made public and after we have checked that they contain no potentially defamatory material, responses will be made available to the public in the Scottish Government Library (see the attached Respondent Information Form) by 18 th December. You can make arrangements to view responses by contacting the SG Library on 0131 244 4552. Responses can be copied and sent to you, but a charge may be made for this service.

What happens next?

Following the closing date, all responses will be analysed and considered along with any other available evidence to help us reach a decision on the shape of the final Scotland's Zero Waste Plan.

Comments and complaints

If you have any comments about how this consultation exercise has been conducted, please send them to Emma Taylor ( emma.taylor@scotland.gsi.gov.uk) at Waste and Pollution Reduction Division, Scottish Government, 1-J Dockside, Victoria Quay, Edinburgh, EH6 6QQ.

THE SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT CONSULTATION PROCESS

Consultation is an essential and important aspect of the Scottish Government's working methods. Given the wide-ranging areas of work of the Scottish Government, there are many varied types of consultation. In general, Scottish Government consultation exercises aim to provide opportunities for all those who wish to express their opinions on a proposed area of work to do so in ways which will inform and enhance that work.

The Scottish Government encourages consultation that is thorough, effective and appropriate to the issue under consideration and the nature of the target audience. Consultation exercises take account of a wide range of factors and no two exercises are likely to be the same.

Typically, Scottish Government consultations involve a consultation paper inviting answers to specific questions or more general views about the material presented. Consultation papers are distributed to organisations and individuals with an interest in the issue, electronically or in hard copy and are placed on the Scottish Government's consultations webpage to allow for participation from a wider audience.

Consultation exercises may also involve seeking views in a number of different ways, such as through public meetings, focus groups or questionnaire exercises. Copies of all the written responses received to a consultation exercise (except those where the individual or organisation requested confidentiality) are placed in the Scottish Government library at Saughton House, Edinburgh (K Spur, Saughton House, Broomhouse Drive, Edinburgh, EH11 3XD, telephone 0131 244 4556).

All Scottish Government consultation papers and related publications ( e.g., analysis of response reports) can be accessed at http://www.scotland.gov.uk/consultations

The views and suggestions detailed in consultation responses are analysed and used as part of the decision making process, along with a range of other available information and evidence.

Depending on the nature of the consultation exercise the responses received may:

  • indicate the need for policy development or review,
  • inform the development of a particular policy,
  • help decisions to be made between alternative policy proposals, or
  • be used to finalise legislation before it is implemented.

Final decisions on the issues under consideration will also take account of a range of other factors, including other available information and research evidence.

While details of particular circumstances described in a response to a consultation exercise may usefully inform the policy process, consultation exercises cannot address individual concerns and comments, which should be directed to the relevant public body.