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recyclingThis section includes further resources on waste, including information on past legislation, publications and research, and a news archive.

Further information on the regulation of waste is detailed below.

Regulation of Waste

The treatment and disposal of waste is regulated by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency in order to ensure the protection of the environment and of human health.

There is a wide body of legislation on waste in Scotland in the form of primary legislation and regulations.

Important elements of this legislation are designed to:

  • Ensure the safe transport, storage and disposal of waste
  • Give duties to local authorities to provide a municipal waste service and make plans for disposal of the waste
  • Create obligations for producers of waste to provide for its disposal
  • Give duties to local authorities and other agents to keep areas free of waste
  • Create penalties for littering and unauthorised disposal of waste.

This legislation has to be kept up to date to ensure its relevance and to reflect developments in European legislation.