Caution Urged Over Scotland’s Plan For Single Recycling System

SESA-Scotland-RecyclingThe Scottish Environmental Services Association (SESA) has today (11 December) issued a word of caution following the Scottish Government’s move towards a single, unified recycling collection system. 

The Scottish Government and COSLA announced earlier this week an agreement on new “consistent” recycling systems across Scotland.

The new Household Recycling Charter and associated Code of Practice was developed and agreed on by the Scottish Government-COSLA Zero Waste Taskforce. It includes a new three-stream recycling system, which will include one container for glass, one for paper and card, and one for metals and plastics, together with existing food waste and residual collections. Over time, the intention is to move to a common colour system.

SESA’s Policy Advisor, Stephen Freeland commented on the news, saying as the supply chain of the modern resource management sector becomes increasingly diverse and complex, quality takes on greater importance as the industry looks to maximise the recovery of value embedded in waste material.

“The resources industry has driven innovation in recycling and therefore doesn’t necessarily agree that a single collection system – as advocated by the Charter’s accompanying Code of Practice – should be adopted uniformly across Scotland…”

“Local authorities – at the interface with householders – have a pivotal role to play in this process,” he said, “and SESA therefore supports the Household Recycling Charter’s aims to improve consistency in the quality of materials captured through the system and engaging householders with targeted communication.

“The resources industry has driven innovation in recycling and therefore doesn’t necessarily agree that a single collection system – as advocated by the Charter’s accompanying Code of Practice – should be adopted uniformly across Scotland. Local authorities are best placed to recognise how to raise recycling rates in their local areas, in partnership with the private sector.

“SESA is of course prepared to offer our local authority partners assistance towards meeting the strategic objectives of the Charter”.

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