Tue 10 May, 2022

Responding to Dr Colin Church’s Independent Review of the Role of Incineration in the Waste Hierarchy in Scotland, Scottish Greens environment spokesperson Mark Ruskell MSP said:

“I am pleased that the independent review recognises the need for a cap on Scotland’s incineration capacity and recommends that no further planning permission should be granted for new incinerators. With a planning moratorium on new incinerators introduced last year, this report should send a further signal to industry that a climate friendly future cannot be based on burning ever larger quantities of rubbish. With Greens in government we are developing a circular economy, which will considerably reduce the volume of waste Scotland produces, an essential step in tackling the climate crisis.”

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