APRS urges Parliament to strengthen Circular Economy Bill

The Scottish Parliament will debate the Circular Economy Bill on 21 March. We have written a briefing for MSPs which makes the case to strengthen the Bill in order to transform our economy towards circularity. We need drastic action to reduce reliance on raw materials and to stop waste and litter at source. The key mechanism for this is via producer responsibility.

Dr Kat Jones, Director of APRS said:

“Our economy is essentially a one way street of raw materials to waste. We need a new model to transform our wasteful and polluting system to one with is compatible with a living planet. Companies who make goods that do not last and are designed to be thrown away are currently rewarded, because the costs of disposal lands with society.

“We are calling on Parliament to change this balance so that the costs of dealing with the waste and pollution rests with the producers. This means that companies producing well-designed and durable goods designed to last can compete.”

APRS is urging members of the Scottish Parliament to support the Bill and asks for it to be strengthened in these areas.

  • setting takeback targets as default for producers as part of the product stewardship agenda;
  • supporting refillable and reusable packaging;
  • making the waste hierarchy explicit within the Bill;
  • requiring public spending to take account of circularity; and
  • introducing circularity reporting for companies in receipt of public funding.

You can read the full briefing here:

We have also written to the Minister for Circular Economy, Biodiversity and Green Skills and received a response

Information on our work on Circular economy, including consultation responses is here:

What We Said

APRS gave evidence to the Net Zero, Energy and Transport Committee on the Scottish Circular Economy Bill along with Friends of the Earth Scotland, Scottish Environment Link, and Circular Communities Scotland.

What We Said

APRS has responded to the consultation on the Circular Economy (Scotland) Bill. In summary our view is that the bill, as it stands, needs considerable improvement if it is to drive Scotland’s transition towards a circular economy. Waste should be seen as a systemic issue, and we need greater provisions for producer responsibility rather than the blame lying solely on individuals.

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What We Said

A new report launched last week shows just a 10-percentage point increase in reusable beverage packaging globally could eliminate 1 trillion single-use bottles and cups and prevent 153 billion single-use bottles and cups from entering the world’s oceans.

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