Through this consultation we set out our proposals for the Circular Economy and Waste Route Map to 2030, our strategic plan to deliver Scotland’s sustainable resource and circular economy ambitions to 2030.
It is designed to drive progress on three key fronts:
- Setting the strategic direction and laying foundations for how we will deliver our system-wide, comprehensive vision for Scotland’s circular economy from now to 2030 – based on Responsible Production, Responsible Consumption, and Maximising Value from Waste and Energy.
- Setting out priority actions from now to 2030 to accelerate more sustainable use of our resources across the waste hierarchy. We acknowledge the progress we have made against our existing 2025 waste reduction and recycling targets, the areas we have fallen short, and the lessons we can learn as we set out the framework for what comes next.
- Reducing emissions associated with resources and waste. In 2024, the Scottish Government will set out how it will continue to drive down emissions in a draft Climate Change Plan (CCP). The Route Map sets out the opportunities we will take to decarbonise the waste sector.
This consultation is an important milestone to ensure we have the right priorities to drive delivery of a circular economy in Scotland through to 2030, before the Route map is finalised. We are seeking your views on its proposed priorities and further actions to 2030.
In 2022 we set out a range of proposals across the resources and waste system through our Route Map consultation. The consultation sought your views on the feasibility and ambition of these proposals. Earlier in 2023, we published the analysis of responses to this consultation.
This draft Route Map reflects these findings, alongside further complementary research and updated impact assessments. It responds directly to feedback from the first consultation, prioritising and focusing on the key actions that will unlock progress across the waste hierarchy, outlining how we will deliver and coordinate these actions to achieve maximum positive impact for communities and businesses in Scotland.