The Problem With Waste
Unless we stop using single-use plastics, such as plastic bags and plastic bottles, the United Nations has predicted that there will be more plastic waste than fish in our oceans by the year 2050.
This is a frightening prospect, which has seen a global response and call for action. The EU aims to ensure that by 2025, 10 million tonnes of recycled plastic finds its way into new products – an objective emphasising the need to adopt and enhance the circular economy.
We all need to take responsibility if we are to tackle this critical issue.
What is the Scottish Government Doing?
The Scottish Government has set the following key targets outlined below:
- Recycling 70% of all waste by 2025
- Reducing waste by 15% by 2025
- Reducing food waste by 33% by 2025
Schemes currently under discussion and being planned for the future also include a Deposit Return Scheme (DRS): https://www.zerowastescotland.org.uk/deposit-return-scheme
There is also a quick and easy-to-read guide on the proposal: https://consult.gov.scot/environment-forestry/deposit-return-scheme/user_uploads/deposit-return-scheme---section-1-easy-read-final.pdf