Waste Prevention Programme


Information to follow

Northern Ireland

Consultation due in July 2013

Recycling Bill may follow the Welsh model
Economic Benefits?
The proposed move toward 'Resource Efficiency' will have similar aims to Scotland and Wales: saving money through waste prevention, trying to maximise the value of waste, and to deal with waste as locally as possible.

Consultation on Recyclate Quality, MRF Code of Practice etc are due soon!


The Scottish Government consulted on “Safeguarding Scotland`s Resources – a programme for the efficient use of resources” in October 2012

Feedack form the consultation has not been published, but one of the key aspects was development of a dedicated Business Resource Efficiency service  -  Resource Efficient Scotland was launched in April 2013: www.resourceefficientscotland.com/


The Waste Scotland Regulations 2012. The Scottish Parliament have adopted a phased approach to rolling out the key measure in the regulations, including:

Businesses to present metal, glass, plastic, paper/card for separate collection form 1/1/14;

Food businesses producing over 50kg of food waste/week to present food for seperate collection  from 1/1/14 (those producing over 5kg/week from 1/1/16);

A ban on key separately collected recyclables being incinerated or landfilled from 1/1/14 (plastic, card/paper, glass, metal, food waste); 

A ban on BMW to landfill form 1/1/21;

Clear guidelines have been produced on application of the Regulations in different areas (rural, sparsely populated/urban, densely populated etc); 

Zero Waste Scotland, an amalgamation of key Waste/Environmental organisations has come together as one to support/advise/fund stakeholders: http://www.zerowastescotland.org.uk/

The Greener Scotland website has also been set up as a “one-stop shop” for information, advice and motivation to lead a more sustainable life: http://www.greenerscotland.org/

As has Resource Efficient Scotland (although the website is currently out of action)

Economic Benefits?
A key aim of hte Zero Waste Strategy Plan is to talk about resources rather than waste.  To reduce resource use via smart product aand packaging design, deal with the waste that is produced as sustainably as possible, and get as much economic value from waste as possible.

New technologies are currently being tested: nappy recycling trial with 4 Scottish Councils - http://www.knowaste.com/parents-carers-users



Being consulted on at present; proposed targets:

Waste reduction by 1.2% per year to 2050 (based on 2006/7 levels)

 Aim is to achieve 27% reduction in waste by 2025, “zero waste” by 2050 i.e either prevented, reused or recycled/composted.

 Action focused at food, paper, card, clothing, consumer goods, plastic (packaging)

 A key objective of the proposed Waste Prevention Programme is to break the link between waste generation & economic growth; i.e. making the best use of resources by efficient processes & product design/ decoupling waste generation from economic growth.

e.g All products designed for disassembly & reuse or recycling; recycling processes will be closed loop or employ “upcycling”; as far as possible recyclate will be used in Welsh manufacturing processes

Mandatory recycling and recovery targets and potential penalties of £200/tonne over target if not achieved:  http://www.legislation.gov.uk/wsi/2011/551/made


Proposed 4Es model of behaviour change for Waste Prevention. Campaigns: engaging, enabling, encouraging and execmplifying.

Economic Benefits:

A key aim of the zero Waste Plan is to design out waste, develop technologies to deal with the waste that is produced as sustainably as possible, and to manage waste within Wales where possible.   In doing so, waste will be reduced (saving money); jobs and markets will be created within Wales.

New Technologies are currently being tested: nappy recycling trail with 2 Welsh Councils - http://www.knowaste.com/parents-carers-users