Tackling single-use items: independent report

Report from the Expert Panel for Environmental Charging and Other Measures setting out principles that can be used to reduce the dependence on single-use items in society.


Looking to the future, it is clear that at the domestic and international level Covid-19 has had a profound effect on human society. However, as with any chain of events that can cause an absolute change to the view we have of the world, the pandemic can be a catalyst for change for individuals, companies, communities and for countries. 

The path Scotland takes as it returns to normal, or a new version of normal, can be marked by a change in focus. There is already support at a national level for a green recovery and that can bring with it a positive focus. In addition, some people may have, during lockdown, re-evaluated their views on life’s priorities and environmental matters or come to realise some habits can be changed to reduce the impact they have on the planet. 

It is vital that everyone is reminded that these environmental issues are still there and they need to be addressed urgently if we are to create a more circular economy to sustain our society and environment.


Email: EPECOM@gov.scot

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