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Holyrood launches consultation on Bill to ban companies destroying unsold recyclable goods

HOLYROOD is consulting over a new law to increase reuse and recycling rates in Scotland.

Circular economy minister Lorna Slater launched a consultation today on a Bill to ban companies from destroying unsold durable goods.

The Circular Economy Bill will also include measures to introduce charges for single-use coffee cups and other disposable drinks containers.

The Scottish Green Party minister said it would include powers to set local recycling targets and require businesses to report surplus and waste figures for goods such as food and textiles.

There are also proposals to make it possible to fine the owner of a vehicle if litter was dropped from it.

Ms Slater said: “To tackle the climate and biodiversity crisis, we need to rapidly reduce our demand for raw material, increase reuse and repair, and recycle more.

“These consultations set out the key proposed actions and the tools we will put in place to help everyone play their part in cutting waste in our economy, capitalising on the economic opportunities that a circular economy presents to businesses.

“The Circular Economy Bill will give us the powers to cut waste in our economy, while preserving precious resources and protecting our natural environment.”

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