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Waste Strategy

In 2008, the Scottish Government launched the concept of Zero Waste, introducing new targets for increasing recycling and composting rates as well reducing the volume of waste sent to landfill. The Zero Waste Plan was officially launched on 9th June 2010 and sets out Scottish Government's vision for a zero waste society. This vision describes a Scotland where all waste is seen as a resource; waste is minimised; valuable resources are not disposed of in landfills, and most waste is sorted, leaving only limited amounts to be treated.

For Perth and Kinross, The Zero Waste Challenge involves a range of challenging targets for the management of household waste:

  • 50% recycling, composting and preparing for reuse by 2013
  • 60% recycling, composting and preparing for reuse by 2020
  • 70% recycling, composting and preparing for reuse by 2025

In addition, the Plan sets the following targets for all waste (household, commercial and industrial) collected in Scotland:

  • 70% recycling, composting and preparing for reuse by 2025
  • No more than 5% being landfilled by 2025

 It also introduces a range of new measures including:

  • Landfill bans for specific waste types
  • Restrictions on the input to all energy from waste facilities
  • Measuring the carbon impacts of waste to prioritise the recycling of resources which offer the greatest environmental and climate change outcomes

Information on these new targets and the new updated Scotland wide Zero Waste Plan can be found on the Scottish Government's website.

Planning information for developers

The Council's Waste and recycling planning guidelines (PDF) [136KB]  for developers encompasses access/egress information for refuse collection vehicles, and provision for domestic refuse and recycling container storage points. The guide also contains information on requirements of other recycling facilities such as recycling points at supermarkets, industrial developments or large housing estates.

Last modified on 09 January 2017

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