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Managing waste

  1. Putting limits on incineration capacity

    Response to independent review published.

  2. Independent review of the role of incineration in the waste hierarchy: Scottish Government response

    Our initial response to Stop, Sort, Burn, Bury? - the recommendations of the independent review of the role of incineration in the waste hierarchy in Scotland.

  3. Single use plastics ban

    Scotland becomes first UK nation to ban problematic plastics.

  4. Consultations on Circular Economy launched

    New measures will help cut waste and preserve precious resources.

  5. Delivering Scotland's circular economy - route map to 2025 and beyond: consultation

    Through this consultation we set out our proposals for a Route Map to 2025, our strategic plan to deliver Scotland’s zero waste and circular economy ambitions. This consultation invites views on the proposed priorities and actions to reach our waste, recycling and emissions reduction targets.

  6. Delivering Scotland's circular economy - route map to 2025 and beyond: technical annex

    This annex sets out the evidence base and rationale underpinning the consultation Route Map: Delivering Scotland’s circular economy, identifying our progress to date and the case for further change to meet our waste and recycling targets.

  7. Delivering Scotland's circular economy - proposed Circular Economy Bill: consultation

    This consultation seeks views on our proposals for legislation to develop Scotland’s circular economy. The consultation sets out a number of areas in which we are seeking views on whether to take powers within a new Circular Economy Bill.

  8. Response to the Climate Change Committee: progress reducing emissions – report to Parliament 2021

    In December 2021, the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) published its annual report on progress in reducing emissions in Scotland, assessing the government’s climate change mitigation activity. This report addresses the CCC’s recommendations.

  9. Incineration review published

    Independent report recommends limit on future incineration capacity.

  10. Stop, Sort, Burn, Bury - incineration in the waste hierarchy: independent review

    Report and supporting documents relating to the Independent Review of the Role of Incineration in the Waste Hierarchy in Scotland.

  11. Single-use food containers and other single-use items: call for evidence

    This call for evidence will help inform policy development on how to reduce consumption of single-use food containers and other single-use items which will in turn help the move to a more circular economy.

  12. Environment strategy for Scotland: progress report

    The first annual report to Parliament on progress in developing the Environment Strategy for Scotland, as required under the UK Withdrawal from the European Union (Continuity) (Scotland) Act 2021.

  13. Action on packaging

    Producers will pay for the environmental costs of packaging.

  14. Reducing waste

    Banning the destruction of unsold goods could support a circular economy.

  15. Citizens steer net zero journey

    Response to Climate Assembly recommendations published.

  16. Scotland’s deposit return scheme

    Recycling scheme will go live in 2023.

  17. Creating a cleaner Scotland

    Views sought on new litter and fly-tipping strategy.

  18. Landmark investment in recycling

    £13 million to improve recycling and cut emissions.

  19. Towards a circular economy

    Taking action to reduce waste and its impact.

  20. Network of sharing libraries and repair cafes

    Funding to deliver key recommendation of Scotland’s Climate Assembly.

  21. Action on single-use plastic

    Scotland first UK nation to pursue ban on some of the most problematic products.

  22. The Single Use Carrier Bags Charge (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2021: equality impact assessment

    Full Equality Impact Assessment on an amendment to the Single Use Carrier Bags Charge (Scotland) Regulations 2014

  23. The Single Use Carrier Bags Charge (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2021: children's rights and wellbeing impact assessment

    Children's Rights and Wellbeing Impact Assessment (CRWIA) for the the Single Use Carrier Bags Charge (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2021.

  24. The Single Use Carrier Bags Charge (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 202: islands communities screening assessment

    The Single Use Carrier Bags Charge (Scotland) Amendment Regulations Islands Communities Screening Assessment 2021.

  25. The Single Use Carrier Bags (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2021: business and regulatory impact assessment

    Final Business and Regulatory Impact Assessment (BRIA) for proposed changes to the Single Use Carrier Bags (Scotland) Regulations 2021.

  26. Increase to carrier bag charge

    Help combat plastic waste.

  27. Management and disposal of Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs): consultation

    Consultation on proposals to amend our current regulations on PCBs to ensure that we comply with the new limits set out in EU legislation.

  28. Marine plastic pollution: research

    Research on the plastic value chain in Scotland to better understand this landscape and the potential for intervention to address marine plastic pollution.

  29. Circular Economy Bill

    Helping end our throw-away culture.

  30. Circular Economy Bill proposals: partial BRIA

    Accompanying partial business and regulatory impact assessment (BRIA) for 'Delivering Scotland's circular economy: proposals for legislation'.

  31. Circular Economy Bill proposals: partial EQIA

    Partial equalities impact assessment (EQIA) on proposed legislation for the circular economy bill.

  32. Developing Scotland's circular economy: consultation on proposals for legislation

    We are seeking your views on proposed legislation for the circular economy bill and secondary legislation.

  33. Deposit return scheme: impact on small grocers

    A report setting out a table of the values which have been derived and the approach that was taken to generating them.

  34. Rates relief for retailers

    First Minister announces support for shops tackling throwaway culture.

  35. Single-use disposable cups: response to EPECOM recommendations

    Our response to the first set of recommendations from the Expert Panel on Environmental Charging and Other Measures (EPECOM) on single-use disposable beverage cups, and details of actions that we will take to deliver them.

  36. Action on plastics

    Cotton bud ban comes into force.

  37. Deposit Return Scheme

    Ambitious scheme takes shape.

  38. The Deposit and Return Scheme for Scotland Regulations 2020: accompanying statement and proposed regulations

    This is a copy of the proposed regulations and an accompanying statement that have been laid before the Scottish Parliament for a 91-day period for comment.

  39. Single-use disposable cups: EPECOM recommendations

    The first report from Expert Panel on Environmental Charging and Other Measures (EPECOM) sets out its recommendations to tackle the dependence on, and environmental impact of, single-use disposable beverage cups in Scotland.

  40. Tackling the throw-away culture

    Behaviour change to reduce single-use cup use.

  41. Removal, storage and disposal of vehicles regulations (2019): BRIA

    Final business and regulatory impact assessment (BRIA) for The Removal, Storage and Disposal of Vehicles (Prescribed Sums and Charges etc.) (Scotland) Regulations 2019 and The Police (Retention and Disposal of Motor Vehicles) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2019.

  42. Driving a circular economy

    Social and economic benefits of Deposit Return.

  43. Deposit return scheme for Scotland: EQIA

    Summary of equality impact assessment (EQIA) of deposit return scheme for Scotland.

  44. Deposit return scheme for Scotland: SEA

    This strategic environmental assessment (SEA) post adoption statement details the environmental considerations that have gone into the design of the deposit return scheme for Scotland.

  45. A Deposit Return Scheme for Scotland - Equality Impact Assessment

    A further assessment of the potential for equalities impacts from deposit return and proposed mitigation of any negative impacts.

  46. Deposit return scheme for Scotland: full business case stage 1

    Phase 1 of the Full Business Case (FBC) that underpins the design for the deposit return scheme for Scotland.

  47. Reaching net zero

    Call for immediate action on greenhouse gases.

  48. Food waste reduction: action plan

    Sets out how Scotland can work to deliver it's commitment to reduce food waste by 33% by 2025.

  49. Waste markets study: executive summary

    Summary of study regarding treatment options for Scottish biodegradable municipal waste.

  50. Waste markets study: full report

    Study regarding treatment options for Scottish biodegradable municipal waste.

  51. Littering from vehicles

    Action on throwaway culture among motorists.

  52. Fighting the throwaway culture

    Deposit Return Scheme update.

  53. Deposit return scheme consultation: analysis of responses

    Analysis of reponses to the deposit return scheme for Scotland consultation.

  54. Reducing single use plastic

    Protecting the marine environment.

  55. Circular economy

    Fighting the throwaway culture.

  56. Turning the tide on marine plastics

    Doubling of funding.

  57. Tackling plastic pollution

    Deposit return scheme consultation.

  58. A deposit return scheme for Scotland: consultation

    Consultation on the options for distinct elements of a deposit return scheme on beverage containers, seeking views on which options will deliver the best results for Scotland.

  59. Support to reduce single-use items

    Communities to receive help to reduce plastic waste and marine litter.

  60. Fight against throwaway culture

    Members appointed to expert panel.

  61. Tackling marine litter

    Proposal to ban the manufacture and sale of plastic cotton buds.

  62. Recycling for the future

    £8.4 million to reduce emissions and household waste.

  63. Making Things Last: a circular economy strategy for Scotland

    Our circular economy strategy to build a strong economy, protect our resources and support the environment.

  64. Planning and waste management advice

    Advice for planning authorities on planning and waste management.

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