Waste Management

– Scottish Parliament written question – answered on 7th March 2003.

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Photo of Keith Harding Keith Harding Conservative

Question S1W-34378

To ask the Scottish Executive what action it will take in response to the finding in the Accounts Commission’s Overview of the 2001/02 local authority audits that "if Scotland’s recycling record is to improve councils need to give recycling greater priority".

Photo of Ross Finnie Ross Finnie Liberal Democrat

The Executive launched the National Waste Plan on 24 February 2003, which establishes the direction of our policies for sustainable waste management to 2020. This plan provides an integrated summary of the 11 Area Waste Plans, which were prepared by groups including local authority representatives. Implementing this plan will achieve 25% recycling and composting of municipal waste by 2006, and 55% by 2020.

The Executive has allocated over £230 million over the next three years alone for local authorities to implement the Area Waste Plans. I announced funding of almost £110 million to eight local authorities over 17 years on 3 February. I refer the member to the answer given to question S1W-33419 on 3 February 2003. All answers to written parliamentary questions are available on the Parliament's website, the search facility for which can be found at http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/webapp/wa.search. Further bids from local authorities to the Strategic Waste Fund are currently being assessed.

The Local Government (Scotland) Act 2003 places a new duty on local authorities to prepare integrated waste management plans for ministers’ approval. The Executive will use this provision to direct authorities to establish mandatory recycling targets which will be based on the Area Waste Plans.

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