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Ayrshire, Dumfries & Galloway: Area Waste Plan

As part of the National Waste Strategy: Scotland, each Waste Strategy Area has gone through a process which has resulted in the formulation of an Area Waste Plan.

This Area Waste Plan is the way in which the Waste Strategy Area plans to deal with its waste in order to meet the targets set out in the EC Landfill Directive and to develop more sustainable methods of waste management.

Following is a short summary of the process that was undergone in Ayshire, Dumfries & Galloway:

Ayrshire, Dumfries & Galloway: The Options

The Waste Area Strategy Group have come up with five waste management options for the area:

A. Extension of Current Practices: This option includes increasing kerbside collections of recyclates, building new Recycling Centres and encouraging home and community composting.

B. Maximise Recycling: This includes the construction of a Materials Reclamation Facility where recyclates will be sorted and baled so that they can be sold on to reprocessing plants.

C. Multi-Composting Option: The emphasis will be on home composting, separate collections for green waste and in-vessel composting of mixed waste to produce a low-grade compost.

D. Maximise Energy from Waste: Although this option can never provide the Best Practicable Environmental Option, it can guarantee that the area meets the targets set out in the Landfill Directive. Mixed waste will be thermally treated to generate electricity or heat.

E. Maximise Flexiblity: This option consists of a mixture of the above options. Each Local Authority will use the most practical method of waste management. The Local Authority areas will be interdependent for waste disposal.

The complete document can be found on SEPA's website.

As part of this process, SWAG have carried out 500 face-to-face interviews of the residents of Dumfries and Galloway.

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2002: Draft Area Waste Plan

The Draft Area Waste Plan focuses mainly on Municipal Solid Waste (MSW). This is because the region must comply with the EC Landfill Directive. The Directive requires that we reduce the amount of Biodegradable Municipal Waste (BMW) going to landfill to 35% of what it was in 1995. As BMW is a component of MSW, it is expedient that we concentrate on MSW.

The Draft Plan was produced following consideration of the waste management Options detailed above. The Best Practicable Environmental Option was determined to be Option E - 'Maximum Flexibility'. Under Option E, each of the four Local Authorities in the Waste Strategy Area Group will manage its waste in the most practical way.

There will be a strong emphasis on composting and recycling. Small scale plants for the treatment of waste using pyrolysis, gasification or anaerobic digestion will also be used, but not in a such a way as to undermine the development of composting and recycling initiatives.

The WSAG will be working with SWAG on waste awareness campaigns.

Dumfries and Galloway:
The Council is procuring a waste management and recycling initiative through the Private Finance Initiative. This means that a private company will manage the region's waste. The project is intended to run for 25 years.

The Council came up with 5 options for managing the area's waste. Options 1,2,4 and 5 were based on Energy from Waste with varying levels of recycling and composting, while Option 3 was based on landfill with recycling and composting.

The waste management option that is preferred by the Council is based on Energy from Waste. 75% of the region's waste will be taken to a pre-treatment plant near Dumfries. There it will be dried and shredded. Glass and metals will then be removed for recycling and the remainder will be taken to a thermal treatment plant, where energy will be recovered from it. The other 25% of the area's waste will be sent to a landfill site at Galdenoch, where some of it will be composted. This option was chosen primarily for its lower cost.

The Council will also be expanding its network of Recycling Points and Recycling Centres. A high street based retail project on waste minimisation will be carried out in Castle Douglas.

North Ayshire:
The Isle of Arran Waste Minimisation Project is currently being launched.

South Ayrshire:
Girvan Sustainable Community have a waste minimisation group.

If you wish to read the full text of the Draft Area Waste Plan, you can download it from SEPA's website.

Ayrshire, Dumfries & Galloway Area Waste Plan

If you would like to read the full plan, please click here to view it.

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