Plans have been made known in the 2019/20 government program of the Scottish Government for September for implementing a Circular Economy Bill with plans to address climatic changes and to work towards net-zero carbon emissions by 2045.
Access to fees for devices deemed to be environmentally dangerous will be included in the measures proposed in the Bill. The tax was expected to be extended to single-use cups, and the actual fee is estimated to be 20-25 pence a cup by the Scottish government already.
Public consultation on these legislative proposals is initiated by the Scottish Government to develop the circular economy of Scotland. The consultation will last six weeks until 19 December so that these initiatives can be implemented before July 2020 in Scottish law.
Roseanna Cunningham, the Scottish Secretary for Environment, said that Scotland provides massive economic and industrial prospects and significant environmental benefits in a thriving circular economy. The current global climate emissions are estimated at 80 percent related to growth, use, and waste.
Measures in the Circulated Economics Bill would supplement the aims and goals of the existing laws and policies which the Scottish Government is hoping to foster the circular economy in Scotland including in the sense of the Scotch Deposit Return Scheme (DRS) which will be launched in 2021.
Although the proposal for an Economic Circular Bill covers a range of areas to help the country’s recycling objectives, Allan Sandilands, principal adviser for the Resource Futures, has already criticized the lack of proposals for the building sector. He says he is disappointed that there is no mention of the building sector.
The Circular Economy Bill’s full consultation paper is available on the site of the Scottish Government and will be open for questions until December 19, 2019.