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As a member of the NET Zero Committee in the Scottish Parliament, I recently took evidence and published a Stage One report on the Scottish Government’s Circular Economy Bill. I was pleased to support the general
principals of the Bill. The Bill aims to do various things including providing powers to introduce restrictions on the disposal of unsold consumer goods for the purpose of reducing waste; powers to introduce charges for single-use items (expected to be initially used to introduce a charge for disposal beverage cups) and the Introduction of new enforcement measures around household waste disposal and recycling (fixed penalty and civil penalty charges).

Following a discussion with SCIAF, I am also seeking to amend the Bill to use procurement to ensure that the public sector carries out due diligence checks on the ethical practices of businesses within supplychains.

Full details of the Bill can be found here


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