Over the past 20 years or so, recycling has become a major issue for the public and politicians. Thanks to new national and European legislation and increased environmental awareness, the situation in Scotland has begun to change. People expect convenient recycling facilities and the pressure is on for local authorities to provide these facilities to all residents. This shift in attitude has created numerous challenges and has had a huge impact on the way we view our waste and how we should deal with it. .
In 2014, the three local authorities produced 278,000 tonnes of household waste and 160,000 tonnes of this was sent to landfill. The Waste (Scotland) Regulations 2012 brings in a ban on the landfill of biodegradable municipal waste with effect from 1 January 2021.
Local authorities are continuing to expand and improve recycling collections and are having to consider more sustainable solutions for dealing with waste that cannot be recycled. In the north-east, our solution is the development of state-of-the-art energy from waste facilities under the banner of Aberdeen Recycling and Energy.
Working towards Zero Waste, this project will achieve:
- less waste sent to landfill;
- a secure, long-term solution for dealing with non-recyclable waste; and
- renewable heat and electricity for the local area with additional benefits, for example more local employment.