Date received: 6 November 2018
Date responded: 14 November 2018
You asked for the following information on the Action on Plastic Zero Waste Towns initiative:
- How much has been paid out under the initiative, and a breakdown of spend
- Projects approved by type
- Projects approved by Local Authority area
As the information you have requested is ‘environmental information’ for the purposes of the Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004 (EIRs), we are required to deal with your request under those Regulations. We are applying the exemption at section 39(2) of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA), so that we do not also have to deal with your request under FOISA.
This exemption is subject to the ‘public interest test’. Therefore, taking account of all the circumstances of this case, we have considered if the public interest in disclosing the information outweighs the public interest in applying the exemption. We have found that, on balance, the public interest lies in favour of upholding the exemption, because there is no public interest in dealing with the same request under two different regimes. This is essentially a technical point and has no material effect on the outcome of your request.
The Action on Plastic initiative has not yet begun and is currently taking expressions of interest. The Action on Plastic Zero Waste Towns initiative is administered by Zero Waste Scotland and they should be able to assist you with further information should you require it in the future.
Please quote the FOI reference
Central Enquiry Unit
Phone: 0300 244 4000
The Scottish Government
St Andrew's House
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