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Question reference: S6W-27072

  • Asked by: Richard Leonard, MSP for Central Scotland, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: 25 April 2024 Registered interest
  • Current status: Answered by Maree Todd on 8 May 2024


To ask the Scottish Government what changes it has made to procurement guidance since 2019 in order to reduce the amount of crumb rubber infill being discharged into seas and rivers.


Public bodies have their own procurement policies and this should reflect their priorities in the design and construction of sports facilities.

There are already alternatives on the market such as cork, corn husks and olive pits amongst others. sport scotland are part of the UK Artificial Grass Pitch forum monitoring work on the long-term viability of these products. St Andrews University has already installed a full-size 3G pitch with cork infill, and there is research and development continuing across the industry with more products in the market.