Consultation period on proposed legislation in Scotland’s circular economy bill launched

THE Scottish Government has launched a six-week consultation period which will explore how the country can reach its goal of becoming a circular economy.

The government’s impending circular economy bill be the main topic of discussion, as businesses, industry and individuals are encouraged to re-think how materials are used in the country.

Earlier this year, proposed legislation to tackle the reliance on single-use items like cups and proposed new enforcement powers for the offence of littering from vehicles were announced.

Upon opening the consultation period, environment secretary Roseanna Cunningham, said, “A thriving circular economy presents enormous economic and industrial opportunities for Scotland, as well as significant environmental benefits.

“An estimated 80% of our global climate emissions are currently linked to the production, consumption and waste of products and resources. For our journey towards becoming a net-zero society to be successful, it must involve a fundamental re-think about how we use and reuse materials.

“An innovative circular economy can improve productivity and open up new markets while providing employment opportunities and lower cost options to access the goods we need. Responding to the global climate emergency will be a challenge for us all – be it government, business or individuals –  and I would strongly encourage everyone to share their views on how we make this journey together.”

Zero Waste Scotland chief executive Iain Gulland added, “Fully embracing the circular economy will be a hugely significant step and crucial if Scotland is to reduce its carbon emissions and protect the natural environment.

“The Scottish Government’s Circular Economy Bill represents a very welcome opportunity to address challenges right across the waste hierarchy, from tacking issues around litter and flytipping, introducing new reporting mechanisms that will help to monitor, track and ultimately help reduce our waste.”