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Scotland's Zero Waste Plan: Consultation

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Annex - T - Scotland's Zero Waste action plan

Introduction

1. The tables below outline a draft Action Plan to support the delivery of Scotland's Zero Waste Plan. The draft Action Plan is subject to change in the light of responses to the consultation.

2. The final version of the Zero Waste Plan will include a detailed Action Plan. This will outline:

  • what we intend to do;
  • who will do it;
  • when we intend to do it; and
  • what the expected outcome and impact will be.

3. As outlined in section 1.4 of the draft Plan, Scottish Government will publish an Annual Report, showing progress on Zero Waste.

4. Scottish Government has commissioned research on the costs to local authorities of meeting the targets on recycling and diverting waste from landfill. This research will be published later this year and will be used to inform the final version of Scotland's Zero Waste Plan. As outlined in section 4.6 of the draft Plan, no decisions have yet been taken about resources that may be available in the Scottish Government's Zero Waste Fund from 2011/12 onwards. However, the expectation is that public expenditure will be constrained generally.

5. As outlined by Article 14 of the Waste Framework Directive, the costs of waste management have to be borne by the original waste producer or by the current or previous waste holders. Annex P provides a partial Regulatory Impact Assessment.

6. The table below allocates actions to various delivery bodies. As indicated in section 1.9 of the draft Plan, the Scottish Government is undertaking a review of the Zero Waste Delivery programmes it directly funds, to ensure they are effective, accountable and achieve value for money.

7. Question 5 asks consultees for their views on the need for a simplified delivery body programme and whether any additional work is required and if any work could stop. Therefore, the final Action Plan will be informed by responses from consultees and by final decisions on the review of the delivery bodies.

8. In the tables below:

Short term means within a year.
Medium term means within three years.
Long term means more than three years.
Ongoing means existing action set to continue

We have used the following abbreviations:

SG means the Scottish Government
SEPA means the Scottish Environment Protection Agency
LAs means local authorities
COSLA means the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities
CRNS means the Community Recycling Network for Scotland
WAS means Waste Aware Scotland (the Scottish Waste Awareness Group).
WRAP means the Waste and Resources Action Programme
NISP means the National Industrial Symbiosis Programme (Scotland)

7. Comments are welcome on this Annex and should be submitted along with any comments on the draft Zero Waste Plan.

Delivery

Action

By whom

By when

1

One - off compositional analysis of municipal waste

WRAP

2009

2

Regular compositional analyses of municipal waste

LAs

On-going

3

Continue to collect data from licensed sites

SEPA

On-going

4

Carry out surveys of specific waste streams or sectors

SG, SEPA, delivery bodies

As required

5

Consult on draft regulations to make it mandatory for businesses to complete and return data requests from SEPA

SG

Early 2010

6

Lay regulations on data returns before Parliament

SG

2010

7

Publish waste data strategy

SEPA

Short-term

8

Agree methodology for splitting household waste from other waste collected by local authorities, so trends in household waste arisings can be monitored.

SEPA, LAs, SG

2010

9

Decide on future role of Area Waste Groups and Area Waste Plans, in light of responses from consultees

SG and SEPA

Early 2010

10

Decide on future delivery landscape

SG

Early 2010

11

Finalise consolidated Scottish Planning Policy Guidance

SG

2009

12

Ensure development plans are up to date and reflect the need for all waste management infrastructure, not just municipal waste

LAs (as planning authorities)

Short to medium term.

13

Encourage location of waste plants to be as close as possible to sites that can use their outputs, in line with the proximity principle

LAs (as planning authorities)

On-going

14

Object to any development plans which fail to reflect adequately the need for waste infrastructure to collect and treat all forms of waste

SG and SEPA

On-going

15

Ensure future National Planning Frameworks reflect work on waste capacity planning.

SG

Medium term

16

LA Planners to consult waste managers on waste management planning

LAs (as planning authorities)

On-going

17

Publish guidance on SEPA's future role in relation to waste management planning

SEPA

2009

18

Carry out capacity planning analysis on waste management infrastructure and regularly update the findings

SG, with SEPA

For final version of the Plan. On-going after that.

19

Ensure all new developments take account of Zero Waste principles (eg waste prevention in construction; use of recycled content in construction; provision of recycling facilities when finalised)

LAs (as planning authorities)

For final version of the Plan.

20

Implement Better Waste Regulation Action Programme

SG and SEPA

On-going

21

Tackle waste crime

SEPA and LAs

On-going

22

Consult on legislative measures to implement the Waste Framework Directive

SG

2009

23

Work with the European Commission and the UK Government to clarify the precise application and calculation methods for the EU targets contained in the revised Waste Framework Directive.

SG and SEPA

Short-term

24

Analyse skills and training required to achieve Zero Waste

SG, with Energy and Utility Sector Skills Council

On-going

25

Carry out further Life Cycle Analyses on waste management options

SG and SEPA

For the final version of the Plan.

26

Monitor research on health impacts of waste management

SG

On-going

27

Monitor work on improving health and safety in waste management

SG with the Health and Safety Executive

On-going

28

Monitor research on any health impacts of MBT and MHT plants

SG

On-going

29

Establish consistent messages for the public on health and waste management

SG, SEPA, WAS

Short-term

30

Work with UK Government to implement the UK Packaging Strategy (subject to any changes in Scotland in the light of this consultation)

SG, working with the other UK administrations

Short-term to medium-term.

31

Finalise Regulatory Impact Assessment, Health Impact Assessment, Equality Impact Assessment and Strategic Environmental Assessment

SG

For the final version of the Plan.

Waste prevention and resource efficiency

Action

By whom

By when

32

Maintain and extend indicators on household waste generation

SEPA

On-going

33

Decide whether to set target on reducing municipal waste, in the light of responses from consultees

SG

For final version of the Plan

34

Decide whether to set any specific targets on reducing household waste, in the light of responses from consultees.

SG

For final version of the Plan

35

Decide whether to set any specific targets on preparing for re-use, in the light of responses from consultees.

SG

For final version of the Plan

36

Decide whether to set any specific targets on preventing commercial and industrial waste and construction waste, in the light of responses from consultees.

SG

For final version of the Plan.

37

Provide advice to business on resource efficiency and waste prevention

Envirowise, NISP and WRAP

On-going

38

Provide eco-design advice to business, on products and packaging

WRAP and Envirowise

On-going

39

Mainstream eco-design into key academic courses

SG

Long-term

40

Use Pollution Prevention and Control ( PPC) permits to promote resource efficiency and waste prevention in business

SEPA

On-going

41

Support Eco-Schools

SG

On-going

42

Agree new Courtauld Commitment, on packaging and food waste, with retailers and their suppliers

WRAP, retailers, SG (and other UK administrations)

2010

43

Establish voluntary agreement with home improvement industry on waste prevention

WRAP

2009

44

Set up further voluntary agreements with industry to reduce waste (and encourage re-use and recycling)

SG, WRAP, relevant Trade Associations

Short to medium term

45

Review voluntary agreement on re-using carrier bags

SG with other UK administrations and WRAP

2010

46

Encourage construction Site Waste Management Plans on a voluntary basis.

Envirowise, WRAP, LAs (as planning authorities)

On-going

47

Run Love Food Hate Waste, on reducing household food waste

WAS, with LAs and WRAP

On-going

48

Run campaigns, working with the Direct Marketing Association, to reduce the amount of unwanted mail

WAS, with LAs

On-going

49

Establish consumer-facing campaign on the life-span of products

WAS

2009

50

Promote home composting

WRAP, WAS, LAs, CRNS

On-going

51

Mainstream Zero Waste principles into funding and policy decisions.

SG

Medium-term

52

Provide information to local authorities on the cost and impact of household waste prevention campaigns

WAS

Short-term

53

Further analysis of why householders participate in waste prevention

WAS

Short-term

54

Analysis of what further work may be required to reduce the hazardousness of products

SG

Short-term

55

Co-ordinate European Week for Waste Reduction

WAS

21 to 29 November 2009

56

Establish Campus Waste Prevention Plans

SG, with delivery bodies

Long-term

57

Mainstream Zero Waste principles into events

SG, with LAs

Medium-term

58

Promote Re-use and develop and implement Re-use Framework following consultation

CRNS, with SG

For final version of the Plan then On-going

59

Establish network of accredited re-use and repair centres, across Scotland

CRNS, with SG

Short to medium term

60

Establish accredited training programme for re-use and repair

CRNS, with SG

Short to medium term

61

Establish an annual Scottish Re-Use day

CRNS and WAS

Short-term

62

Increase re-use and recycling of bulky uplifts

CRNS and LAs

Short to medium term

63

Increase collection of small re-usable household products

CRNS and LAs, with SG

Short to medium term

64

Ensure procurement contracts encourage the purchase of re-used products

CRNS and LAs, with SG

Short to medium term

65

Establish call centre for businesses with reusable waste

CRNS

Medium-term

Recycling and composting

Action

By whom

By when

66

Produce Sustainable Procurement Action Plan, for the public sector as a whole, and increase demand for recyclate

SG

Short-term

67

Extend roll-out of kerbside collections for municipal waste

LAs

Short to medium term

68

Increase the number of municipal waste materials collected at kerbside

LAs

Short to medium term

69

Increase volume of recycling bins and containers for municipal waste

LAs

Short to medium term

70

Increase access for SMEs to local authority kerbside collections and recycling centres, ensuring costs are fully recovered

LAs

Short to medium term

71

Recover value from bulky and special uplifts, by increasing re-use and recycling.

LAs, CRNS

Short to medium term

72

Continue work with retailers on recycling facilities and recyclability of packaging

WRAP with WAS, SG

On-going

73

Promote community composting

CRNS

On-going

74

Enforce policies on the presentation of municipal waste

LAs

On-going

75

Improve recycling centres and points

LAs

On-going

76

Ensure existing producer responsibility works effectively

SG (with other UK administrations)

On-going

77

Improve capture rate of municipal recyclate by in-depth awareness intervention at a local level

LAs, with WAS

On-going

78

Local public awareness campaigns to increase participation and capture rates in local recycling services

LAs, with WAS

On-going

79

Increase reprocessing capacity in Scotland

SG, with WRAP and enterprise agencies

Short to medium term

80

Analyse demand for recyclate

WRAP and REMADE

On-going

81

Develop end of waste criteria

SEPA, European Commission

Short to medium term

82

Obtain better information on flows of recyclate

WRAP and REMADE, with SEPA

On-going

83

Maintain information on prices paid for recyclate

WRAP and REMADE

On-going

84

Advice and support to recycling and composting companies

WRAP and REMADE

On-going

85

End the Quality Meat Scotland moratorium on using compost derived from food waste, and digestate, on agricultural land

WRAP with SG

2009

86

Publication of an Annual Report showing the state of the recycling markets in Scotland

REMADE, with WRAP

Each year

87

Produce a Market Development Plan

WRAP, with REMADE and SG

Short-term

88

Review the charging aspects of the Controlled Waste Regulations 1992

SG and COSLA

Short-term

89

Hold round-table on recycling zones, to encourage recycling in public places

SG, WRAP, WAS and COSLA

2009

90

Improve data on construction and demolition waste, to measure Scotland's performance in relation to the target in the revised Waste Framework Directive on re-using and recycling such waste

SEPA

Short-term to medium-term

91

Decide, in the light of responses to the consultation, whether to run a publicity campaign on Duty of Care

SG and SEPA

For final version of the Plan

92

Develop tailored programmes of work for key materials and sectors of the economy to meet revised Waste Framework Directive objectives

SG, working with delivery bodies and SEPA

For final version of the Plan

93

Publish research on existing recycling activity by SMEs and larger companies

SG and WRAP

For final version of the Plan

94

Maintain directory of recycling services available to business

WAS

On-going

95

Decide, in the light of responses to the consultation, whether to set a target on reducing the amount of commercial and industrial waste sent to landfill of 150,000 tonnes a year

SG

For final version of the Plan.

96

Decide, in the light of responses to the consultation, whether to explore further the merits of different forms of producer responsibility, which might more directly support household recycling collections

SG

For final version of the Plan.

97

Decide, in the light of responses to the consultation, whether to explore further the concept of extended producer responsibility

SG

For final version of the Plan

98

Decide, in the light of responses to the consultation, whether to explore further the concept of voluntary producer responsibility

SG

For final version of the Plan.

99

Enforce Transfrontier Shipment of Waste legislation.

SEPA

On-going

Other recovery

Action

By whom

By when

100

Finalise guidance on the 25% cap on municipal waste going to energy from waste, in the light of responses from consultees

SG

For the final version of the Plan.

101

Enforce 25% cap

LAs (in planning authority role), with advice from SEPA

On-going

102

Enforce Thermal Treatment guidelines

SEPA

On-going

103

Review Renewable Obligation Certificates legislation.

SG

Medium-term

104

Introduce Renewable Heat Incentive

UK Government, with SG

Medium-term

Disposal

Action

By whom

By when

105

Publish research on potential for further landfill bans

WRAP and SG

2009

106

Review consultation responses on landfill tax

SG

2009

Scottish Government
August 2009