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Question reference: S6W-08160

  • Asked by: Jackie Dunbar, MSP for Aberdeen Donside, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: 22 April 2022
  • Current status: Answered by Lorna Slater on 9 May 2022


To ask the Scottish Government whether it will amend Scotland's Household Recycling Charter to include a mandatory carton recycling target.


Scotland's Household Recycling Charter currently lists acceptance of cartons within recycling services as an essential requirement of a consistent collection model.

Though the Scottish Government currently has no plans for a specific mandatory carton recycling target, as part of our Programme for Government commitments, we are reviewing Scotland’s Household Recycling Charter’s Code of Practice. The Charter and Code of Practice are designed to make it easier for people to recycle the right things, and the review will help develop a future model of recycling collections, aligning with Scotland’s new deposit return scheme to drive further consistency.

In May we will publish our consultations for a circular economy bill and waste route map, which will set out further proposals to facilitate Scotland’s transition to a zero waste and circular economy, and meet our waste, recycling and emissions targets.