Waste Management

– Scottish Parliament written question – answered on 7th March 2002.

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Photo of Sarah Boyack Sarah Boyack Labour

Question S1W-23475

To ask the Scottish Executive what financial support it plans to allocate to local authorities in respect of refrigerator recycling.

Photo of Ross Finnie Ross Finnie Liberal Democrat

In my reply to Parliamentary Question S1O-04233 on 6 December, I confirmed that the Executive will provide additional funding to Scottish local authorities to assist them with costs arising from the new regulations on the disposal of fridges, freezers and other domestic appliances containing ozone depleting substances. I can now confirm that the Executive has allocated £1.69 million for 2001-02 to assist with these additional costs. This funding will be allocated to local authorities as set out in the following table:

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Local Authority


Aberdeen City






Argyll & Bute




Dumfries & Galloway


Dundee City


East Ayrshire


East Dunbartonshire


East Lothian


East Renfrewshire


Edinburgh City


Eilean Siar






Glasgow City










North Ayrshire


North Lanarkshire


Orkney Islands


Perth & Kinross




Scottish Borders


Shetland Islands


South Ayrshire


South Lanarkshire




West Dunbartonshire


West Lothian


Distribution of the grant takes into account the estimated number of appliances arising in each local authority area as estimated in the Executive's reply to parliamentary question S1W-19533 on 13 November 2001, and is based on an amount of £30 per appliance. I intend that the grant will be payable to authorities under a new Financial Assistance Order which is due to come into force on 26 March 2002.

I am also aware that authorities will have to meet additional costs in 2002-03. I can therefore announce that the Executive will continue to provide additional assistance but, as for this year, I shall wish to review the costs to the authorities, bearing in mind developments in the storage and treatment market. In particular, I would expect the costs of storage and treatment to reduce substantially as treatment capacity expands and, I would hope, becomes available more locally, providing increased investment and employment opportunities.

I shall announce the actual level of support for next year at a later date.

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