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Scots Struggle to Meet Landfill Targets

Magazine article Public Finance

Scots Struggle to Meet Landfill Targets

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Scotland's spending on waste management will need to rise substantially to £580m if it is to have any chance of meeting European Union landfill targets, Audit Scotland has found.

In a report published on September 20, the public spending watchdog said recycling rates had risen significantly but further increases will be harder to achieve and will cost more.

It warned that urgent decisions need to be made and new facilities built for dealing with waste that is not recycled. Failure to meet targets could result in financial penalties.

According to the report, Sustainable waste management, council expenditure on waste management will need to increase from £351m in 2005/06 to £580m in 2019/20 if targets are to be met.

The report, prepared by Audit Scotland for auditor general Bob Black and the Accounts Commission for Scotland, is the first national overview of progress towards meeting EU landfill targets in Scotland.

It said: 'In contrast to the progress on recycling, the slow progress in developing residual waste treatment facilities means there is a significant risk that the landfill directive targets may not be met. …

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