COSLA Negotiates Removal of Circular Economy Penalties for Councils
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The Circular Economy (Scotland) Bill has now been passed by the Scottish Parliament. COSLA's Environment and Economy Policy Board had taken a strong position on the Bill on behalf of local government, specifically requesting that financial sanctions for councils are removed from the Bill.

The removal of penalties has been achieved following intensive negotiations between the Environment and Economy Spokesperson, Councillor Gail Macgregor, and respective Ministers responsible for the Bill, Mrs Slater MSP and Ms Martin MSP.

A joint programme to enable Councils to improve their recycling rates will be developed instead. During the Stage 3 debate in the Scottish Parliament’s full chamber, the Minister specifically thanked Councillor Macgregor for her work in this area.

Councillor Macgregor, commented:

"This is a significant success for Local Government in Scotland. It is also an excellent example that shows the many benefits of working within the spirit of the Verity House Agreement. We can now make real progress on the ground for our local communities."