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Planning for Zero Waste

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Area 2-H (South)
Planning & Architecture Division,
The Scottish Government
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Scottish Planning Policy (SPP)

National Planning Framework 3

EU revised Waste Framework Directive

Waste (Scotland) Regulations 2012 a statutory framework to maximize the quantity and quality of materials available for recycling and minimise the need for residual waste infrastructure;

Zero Waste Plan and accompanying regulations and supporting documents;

Safeguarding Scotland's Resources - Blueprint for a More Resource Efficient and Circular Economy

Circular 6/2013 Development Planning

SEPA waste data sources: including Waste Data Digests and Waste Infrastructure Maps

SEPA Thermal Treatment of Waste Guidelines 2014;

Waste capacity tables (formerly Zero Waste Plan Annex B capacity tables)

Planning for Zero Waste

Scotland has a Zero Waste Policy, which means wasting as little as possible and recognising that every item and material we use, either natural or manufactured, is a resource which has value for our economy.  Planning plays a vital role in supporting the provision of facilities and infrastructure for future business development, investment and employment.

The planning system should:

  • promote developments that minimize the unnecessary use of primary materials and promote efficient use of secondary materials;
  • support the emergence of a diverse range of new technologies and investment opportunities to secure economic value from secondary resources, including reuse, refurbishment, remanufacturing and reprocessing;
  • support achievement of Scotland’s zero waste targets: recycling 70% of household waste and sending no more than 5% of Scotland’s annual waste arisings to landfill by 2025; and
  • help deliver infrastructure at appropriate locations, prioritising development in line with the waste hierarchy: waste prevention, reuse, recycling, energy recovery and waste disposal.

Planning authorities and SEPA should work collaboratively to achieve zero waste objectives, having regard to the Zero Waste Plan, through development plans and development management. 

Further details on national planning policy in relation to zero waste is set out in the Scottish Planning Policy