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Zero Waste Plan - Waste Management Infrastructure Capacity Requirements

Waste Capacity Data 2013.

Following  publication of Scottish Planning Policy in June 2014, the guidance in Annex B of the Zero Waste Plan was superseded.   Scottish Planning Policy (with particular reference to pages 41-44) now provides the planning policies that support Scotland’s Zero Waste Plan.

SEPA regularly reviews the shortfall in operational capacity required to meet the Zero Waste Plan targets and regulations. The latest capacity data are based on an improved methodology where certain waste types for which planned and constructed waste management infrastructure is not needed are no longer included in the calculations. Such waste types include soil and stones, asbestos, dredging spoil etc. This new approach should ensure that, in moving forward, Scotland's infrastructure needs are reflected as accurately as is practicably possible.

This new methodology for estimating the infrastructure capacity gap, coupled with a significant drop in the amount of waste going to landfill has resulted in a reduction in Scotland's operational capacity requirement.  It remains the case however that there is still a significant shortfall in capacity across Scotland for both recycling and residual waste management.

To ensure that all authorities collectively plan for waste management facilities to meet the requirements of the Zero Waste Plan the shortfall is allocated to groups of local authorities or development plan areas. However, these allocated capacities should not be treated as a limit and should only be used in conjunction with Scottish Planning Policy . It is also acknowledged that authorities can work in a number of arrangements spatially and operationally to deliver new capacity not just in the groupings presented in the table.

More detailed information on the methodology used to produce these tables can be found on SEPA's website.