Defining rural and non-rural areas
To support the development of zero waste policies and regulations that account for these important geographic and population trends, Scottish Government has identified areas of the country that should be considered “rural areas”. The distinction between rural areas and non-rural areas will be used to develop and roll out policies and regulations that are tailored to the specific technical, economic and environmental challenges that these different areas of Scotland present.
The delineation between rural and non-rural areas is based upon Scottish Government’s 6-Fold Urban/Rural Classification 2009-10. This classification scheme divides geographic areas of Scotland into 6 classes based on population density and travel times between urban areas (Table 1).
For the purposes of zero waste policies, rural areas are defined as remote rural areas, accessible rural areas and remote small towns.
Rural area postcodes
To ensue that members of the public, business and local authorities can quickly and accurately determine whether households or business premises fall with a rural area, the Scottish Government has prepared a series of look-up tables for each local authority. Each table summarises the postcodes that fall within a rural area within each local authority boundary.
Where necessary, Scottish Government intends to use this information to develop more sophisticated on-line postcode search tools that will allow the public and businesses to quickly identify whether they fall within an area that the Scottish Government considers to be a “rural area” for the purposes of waste and resource management policy.