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Grampian: 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 plan 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 Grampian:
In March 2002, the Northeast published a paper outlining its options for future waste management. There are:
These options have now been subjected to public consultation.
If you want to know more about them, have a look at SEPA's website.
The Northeast Waste Strategy Area has now published its Draft Area Waste Plan. This is the way in which the Waste Strategy Area Group (WSAG) intends to deal with the region's waste from now until the year 2020.
The Draft Plan is driven by the EC Landfill Directive. This legislation lays out some targets for the reducing the amount of waste that is sent to landfills. The final target requires that we reduce the amount of Biodegradable Municipal Waste (BMW) that is sent to landfill to 35% of what it was in 1995. This means that in the year 2020, the Northeast will only be allowed to landfill just under 63,000 tonnes of BMW.
BMW produces methane and other gases when it decomposes in landfills. Methane is thought to contribute to global warming.
The Draft Plan is currently open to public consultation. This means that anyone can read it and send in their views to the WSAG. It is most important that you do this, as your opinion will be taken into consideration.
Below is a summary of what the contents of the Draft Plan that pertain to Municipal Solid Waste (MSW). MSW is comprised of all the solid waste that is collected by or on behalf of the Local Authority. This includes almost all domestic waste. The first target of the Landfill Directive is that the amount of BMW going into landfills be reduced to 75% of what it was in 1995 by 2010. The following 10 years are also considered, though in less detail.
The Draft Plan was formulated following a public consultation on the waste management options mentioned above. The general trends of opinion seemed to be:
A clear preference for recycling and composting;
The Best Practicable Environmental Option was then determined. This formed the basis of the Draft Plan, which proposes to:
To prevent the amount of waste produced to increase beyond 2002 levels.
This will include promoting a real (reusable) nappy scheme;
To construct a new Material Reclamation Facility in Aberdeen City;
To open an Energy from
Waste plant in 2005;
9. To open composting plants in Moray and Aberdeenshire.
In summary, the emphasis of waste management will be on recycling, composting and Energy from Waste. Reuse and refurbishment will also be encouraged.
The North East Area Waste Plan has now been published.
Here are some of the targets it aims to achieve:
If you would like to read the plan, please click here to download it from the SEPA website.
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