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Scotland's Zero Waste Plan: Consultation

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List of Consultation Questions

Question 1.

What further steps, if any, need to be taken to promote the waste hierarchy?

Question 2.

a) Waste tonnage will continue to be the main measure of progress. However, should Government also use other ways of measuring progress? Yes/No.

b) If yes, what measures, how and why?

Question 3.

a) Do you agree with these proposals on improving data? Yes/No.

b) If no, what should be done and how and by whom?

Question 4.

What should be the future role of Area Waste Groups and Area Waste Plans?

Options include:

i) Abolition (if so, how do you feel local needs could best be supported and developed?).

ii) Updating Area Groups and Plans to reflect this Plan's objectives.

iii) Scottish Environment Protection Agency ( SEPA) to prepare new Area Plans which focus exclusively on data and infrastructure, similar to the Strategic Waste Management Reviews.

iv) Using the Groups to monitor local delivery but with no Plan making requirements.

v) Other option. If so, please outline.

Question 5.

a) Is there a need for a simplified delivery body programme? Yes/No. If yes, what form should this take?

b) Are there areas where additional work is required from delivery bodies to support progress towards a Zero Waste Scotland? Yes/No. If yes, what are these areas of additional work?

c) Are there current areas of work which delivery bodies could stop doing? Yes/No. If yes, what are these areas of work?

Question 6.

To date, development plans have not always identified sites and/or locational criteria for waste management plants. What can be done to ensure that development plans do so in future?

Question 7.

a) Should Government set a target of reducing municipal waste by 1% per annum? Yes/No.

b) Should Government set any specific targets on reducing household waste? Yes/No. If yes, what targets?

Question 8.

a) Should Government set a target in relation to "preparing for re-use"? Yes/No.

b) If yes, what sort of target should be introduced and how will it be achieved and measured?

Question 9.

What targets, if any, should Government set in relation to the prevention of commercial and industrial waste and construction and demolition waste?

Question 10.

a) Have any potential waste prevention actions been missed?

b) Are there any actions listed which are not worth pursuing, and why?

Question 11.

On improving municipal recycling rates:

a) Do you agree with the key actions needed to improve municipal recycling rates? Yes/No.
If no, what else should be done?

b) Should most ( e.g. 80%) of the recycling targets be met through collections of recyclate at kerbside and through recycling centres and points? Yes/No.

c) Do you consider that local authorities need more in-depth support to help improve municipal recycling performance. Yes/No. If yes, what should be done?

d) Do you consider that there could be a greater role for incentives to improve recycling performance. Yes/No. If yes, what type of incentives?

e) Should any changes be made to the categories of household waste where local authorities can charge for collection? Yes/No. If yes, what changes should be made?

Question 12.

What more should be done to encourage recycling in public places?

Question 13.

Should a campaign be run reminding companies of their responsibility under Duty of Care? Yes/No.

Question 14.

a) Do you agree that these are the priority materials and sectors for which tailored programmes of work should be developed? Yes/No.

b) If no, what should be included?

Question 15.

a) Should Government set a target on reducing the amount of commercial and industrial waste sent to landfill by 150,000 tonnes a year? Yes/No.

b) Should Government set targets by specific sectors, companies or materials? Yes/No. If yes, which sectors, companies or materials, and why?

Question 16.

a) Should Government explore further the merits of different forms of producer responsibility, which might more directly support household recycling collections? Yes/No.

b) Should Government explore further whether extended producer responsibility as outlined in Article 8 of the revised Waste Framework Directive should be introduced? Yes/No. If yes, what materials?

c) Should Government or other bodies do more to extend the concept of voluntary producer responsibility? Yes/No. If yes, what?

Question 17.

Do you agree that the cap should not extend to mixed waste treatment, such as Mechanical Biological Treatment ( MBT), Mechanical Heat Treatment ( MHT) and Anaerobic Digestion taking mixed waste? Yes/No. If no, why not?

Question 18.

Should the cap extend to single-stream municipal wastes going to energy from waste plants? Yes/No.

Question 19.

a) Should Government support local authorities when they seek to procure or build infrastructure to treat residual waste? Yes/No.

b) If yes, what should Government do?

Question 20.

Do you have any initial views on materials or streams or products which could be banned from landfill?

Question 21.

a) What opportunities would arise in this area if Scotland had fiscal autonomy, with the power to set the rate of landfill tax in Scotland?

b) What might the effects of a different constitutional arrangement for Scotland be in this area?

Question 22.

Are there any other points you wish to make?