Submission Documents: Motion by Councillor Jon Molyneux:- "Council notes the Circular Economy Bill is at stage one consideration in the Scottish Parliament and that it includes proposed powers for Scottish Ministers to introduce charges on single use items, such as takeaway beverage containers. Council understands that around 380 million such containers are used within Scotland each year and that a 25p-30p charge was recommended by the Expert Panel on Environmental Charging and Other Measures to encourage consumers to switch to reusable alternatives. Council further understands that the Bill proposes the net proceeds of a charge must be used "to the advancement of environmental protection or improvement." Council welcomes and agrees to support the Bill's proposals, which will help to reduce litter and encourage a more circular economy. Council notes that local councils bear most of the costs of cleaning up litter and refuse and believes they are best placed to understand the priorities for these issues at a local level. Council also believes that it would be in the spirit of the Verity House Agreement for there to be a mechanism by which councils could either directly benefit from the funds raised in their local areas, or to have a role in deciding how they are dispersed, in order to meet local priorities. Council agrees to write to the Circular Economy Minister and to the Scottish Parliament's Net Zero, Energy and Transport Committee asking that they consider bringing forward amendments to the Bill which would give effect to this proposal." Help Icon

This is the list of documents available for the submission Motion by Councillor Jon Molyneux:- "Council notes the Circular Economy Bill is at stage one consideration in the Scottish Parliament and that it includes proposed powers for Scottish Ministers to introduce charges on single use items, such as takeaway beverage containers. Council understands that around 380 million such containers are used within Scotland each year and that a 25p-30p charge was recommended by the Expert Panel on Environmental Charging and Other Measures to encourage consumers to switch to reusable alternatives. Council further understands that the Bill proposes the net proceeds of a charge must be used "to the advancement of environmental protection or improvement." Council welcomes and agrees to support the Bill's proposals, which will help to reduce litter and encourage a more circular economy. Council notes that local councils bear most of the costs of cleaning up litter and refuse and believes they are best placed to understand the priorities for these issues at a local level. Council also believes that it would be in the spirit of the Verity House Agreement for there to be a mechanism by which councils could either directly benefit from the funds raised in their local areas, or to have a role in deciding how they are dispersed, in order to meet local priorities. Council agrees to write to the Circular Economy Minister and to the Scottish Parliament's Net Zero, Energy and Transport Committee asking that they consider bringing forward amendments to the Bill which would give effect to this proposal." .

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Item Minute - 26 October 2023 Minute Public Open Document in PDF Format
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