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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-03180: Mark Ruskell (Mid Scotland and Fife)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 26 September 2016

To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has carried out regarding whether local authorities have the right facilities in place to (a) respond to the municipal bio-degradable waste ban and (b) reduce emissions from non-municipal waste sent to landfill.

Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham 12 October 2016

The Waste (Scotland) Regulations 2012 provided a long lead-in time to ensure that all parties could prepare for the ban on biodegradable municipal waste going to landfill from January 2021. We will continue to work with Councils and waste management companies in preparation for the ban, including through the forthcoming Scottish Materials Brokerage Service residual waste contract which is open to all Councils.

Through its environmental permitting and regulation, SEPA requires operational landfills accepting bio-degradable waste to be engineered to capture, monitor and treat landfill gas. SEPA is also working with councils and landfill operators to minimise the risks that closed (non-operational regulated) landfills pose to the environment. The Scottish Government made £500k available to councils in 2015-16 to support the capture of methane from closed landfills, and announced a further £500k on 6 October 2016.