Empty promises claim

SNP poised to miss landfill waste target, say Tories

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Waste is still heading to landfill sites

The SNP is expected to miss its targets for reducing waste sent to landfill according to the latest statistics from environmental authority SEPA.

Figures published today show that more than a million tonnes of biodegradable municipal waste is finding its way into Scottish landfill.

The data indicates a reduction of 6% in 2018 but 1,023,364 tonnes short of the SNP’s zero target.

If the SNP continues at this rate, they could miss this target by over 80%, say the Scottish Tories.

In addition, the Scottish Government Waste Markets Study published earlier this year showed that just 14 councils have solutions in place to meet the ban while three had a long-term plan but no interim solution. Nine had no alternative arrangements at all. 

Cosla has already stated that Scottish councils are unlikely to ban all household waste going to landfill by 2021.

Maurice Golden, Scottish Conservative shadow environment secretary said: “It looks like the SNP is on course to miss their own key environmental target by over 80%. That would be a staggering failure by the SNP. Even Cosla has stated that this target is unlikely to be hit.

“The SNP has claimed that they are taking climate change seriously, but empty promises won’t cut it.

“The SNP must implement the infrastructure that will reduce household biodegradable waste to zero and make a meaningful impact on climate change. Anything less from the SNP will just be seen as lip service, not real action.”

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