SEPA launches ambitious Landfill Sector Plan

Written by: Jo Gallacher | Published:
There are currently 55 operational landfill sites and 217 non-operation sites regulated by SEPA in Scotland

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has launched an ‘ambitious’ Landfill Sector Plan to help businesses improve compliance and achieve a circular economy.

The plan will help regulated businesses meet and go beyond compliance obligations.

It is one of 16 plans launched this year with under SEPA’s One Planet Prosperity strategy.

Actions within the plan include focusing enforcement interventions at sites with the worst compliance records, ensuring all extractable landfill gas is utilised and sharing best practice examples.

There are currently 55 operational landfill sites and 217 non-operation sites regulated by SEPA in Scotland.

SEPA predicts between 1.3m and 2m tonnes of waste per year will be moved from landfill over the next three years due to the Scottish government’s 2021 ban on landfilling biodegradable municipal waste.

Terry A’Hearn, SEPA chief executive, said: “We’ll work to ensure operators protect the environment from the impacts of landfilling and ensure that communities are safeguarded.

“The transition to a circular economy is an environmental and economic win-win for Scotland.”

Scottish government has set a target of 5% of waste to be landfilled by 2025.


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