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Calls For Scotland To Act On Biogas

There have been calls for the Scottish government to take more action on the circular economy at the first Scottish National Conference of the Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association (ADBA).


Speaking at the conference, shadow cabinet secretary for the environment Maurice Golden said that as well as doing more to access all the benefits of a circular economic strategy, there needs to be a better understanding of waste streams and waste sources.


Only by gaining this knowledge, can the country reduce the level of waste it generates.


Opening the conference, ADBA chief executive Charlotte Morton highlighted how much the anaerobic digestion sector has grown in Scotland.


She stated that her organisation believes “it is really important to support the Scottish anaerobic digestion industry to keep growing and providing the Scottish people with green gas, electricity, transport fuel and fertiliser”.


There are now 40 operational biogas plants in Scotland, with more expected to be commissioned in the coming year as businesses, the government and farmers start to see the benefits that this technology can deliver.


The main theme being discussed at this conference is the 2021 deadline by which point Scottish councils will be banned from sending any biodegradable waste to landfill.


Other measures set out in the country’s Zero Waste policy include that any food business generating over five kilograms of food waste per week needed to present this for separate collection by January 2016, and a ban on any metal, plastic, glass, paper, card and food collected separately from recycling going to landfill or incineration, which came into effect on 1 January 2014.


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