Delivering Scotland’s circular economy: a consultation on proposals for a Circular Economy Bill

Closed 22 Aug 2022

Opened 30 May 2022

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This consultation seeks views on the Scottish Government’s proposals for legislation to develop Scotland’s circular economy.

A circular economy is one in which resources are kept in use for as long as possible. It can benefit the environment, by cutting waste and carbon emissions; the economy, by improving productivity and opening up new markets; and communities, by providing local employment opportunities.

The consultation sets out a number of areas in which we are seeking views on whether to take powers within a new Circular Economy Bill. These are split into 4 sections: Strategic Interventions; Reduce and Reuse; Recycle; and Littering and Improving Enforcement.

The proposals in the consultation form part of the wider plans for a step-change in our approach to reducing, reusing and recycling materials as part of our transition to net zero emissions.

Read the consultation paper 

Why your views matter

The focus of this consultation is to gather views on our planned approach to developing a circular economy in Scotland. Consultation responses will be analysed and will inform the circular economy bill which will be laid in Parliament.

The Scottish Government wants to make sure a broad range of people can have their say on the proposals contained within the bill as Scotland transitions to a reuse society.


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