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S5W-18962: Claudia Beamish (South Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 20 September 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what measures it will introduce to ensure that farmers across Scotland are able to recycle plastic once they are no longer able to incinerate plastics on-farm after 1 January 2019.

Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham 27 September 2018

Through the work of the Group, it has been established that in most areas of the country there are waste collection services available, and that the network will expand further once there is a clear timescale for the ban to be enforced. SEPA is providing full guidance to farmers on what they need to do in any given set of circumstance, (see https://www.sepa.org.uk/regulations/waste/agricultural-waste/burning-on-farm-waste/ ) and will provide assistance where needed.

A working group was in place from late 2016 until recently to plan the transition towards a position where the ban could be enforced, with membership from NFUS, SEPA, Zero Waste Scotland, Scottish Government and waste plastics collectors and reprocessors.