Scottish councils unprepared for landfill ban, says report

Scotland is not adequately prepared for its upcoming landfill ban, according to a Scottish Government report.

Produced by Eunomia Research and Consulting on behalf of the Scottish Government, the report considers the progress that has been made so far towards addressing the ban, which will come into force on 1 January 2021. After that point, no landfill operators in Scotland will be allowed to accept biodegradable municipal waste (BMW).

According to the new report, Scotland’s local authorities and waste management companies have made little overall progress in preparation for the ban.

Looking at a 2017 survey of Scottish local authorities conducted by the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA), the report finds that 14 out of a total 32 local authorities have a solution in place for their BMW, while three have long-term solutions that won’t be ready in time for the ban and six have short-term solutions but no long-term plans. In total, nine local authorities have no solution in place at all.