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PE01622: Make failure to recycle a criminal offence

Environment Energy

Petitioner: Stephen Duff


Date Lodged: 16 November 2016

Calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to introduce tough new laws that hold individuals and households criminally responsible for a failure to recycle products they have consumed.

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8 December 2016: The Committee agreed to write to the Scottish Government and COSLA. Link to Official Report for 8 December 2016

2 March 2017: The Committee agreed to close the petition under Rule 15.7 of Standing Orders on the basis that the action called for is not supported by the Scottish Government and COSLA, and that progress in this area is being met through the Scottish Household Recycling Charter. Link to Official Report 2 March 2017

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I have included two photos that show waste bins that have been misused and contaminated by recyclates. I believe that stopping this irresponsibility should be a priority.

Should a recycling law focus on the most obvious and high-profile items that are currently being wasted i.e. glass & plastic bottles & metal cans; newspaper, A4 sheets? There are many different types of plastic but only some can be recycled (currently).

How can we educate everyone, so individuals know exactly what to put in their various recycling bins, especially as this varies between Council areas?  Should governments be forcing every product sold to have clear recycling instructions (where these are possible)?  For example, on a supermarket tuna pot, all that was provided for busy consumers is "plastic pot and lid: see LOCAL recycling arrangements".

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