Environment and Economy

Council waste collections

Your local government workers are continuing to provide vital services during COVID-19 and prioritising those most essential.

We will sometimes have to make some changes to our waste services, focussing on household waste collections, limiting bulky uplift and temporarily closing our recycling centres to focus on key services and to protect public health.

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Tue, 31/03/2020 - 12:19

Trading Standards Scotland 'Scam Share' e-bulletin

Trading Standards Scotland (TSS) has created a weekly bulletin called ‘Scam Share’, which is focused on the constantly evolving scams relating to the Coronavirus outbreak. The intention is to gather information from as many sources as possible on the latest COVID19 scams and streamline the information.

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Fri, 20/03/2020 - 15:38

COSLA welcomes publication of the new National Transport Strategy

The Scottish Government has unveiled its new National Transport Strategy.

Introducing the Strategy, Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity Michael Matheson said:

"This Strategy advocates a vision for Scotland's transport system that will help create great places – a sustainable, inclusive, safe and accessible transport system, helping deliver a healthier, fairer and more prosperous Scotland for communities, businesses and visitors".

COSLA Spokesperson for Environment and Economy Councillor Steven Heddle said:

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Wed, 05/02/2020 - 15:24

Diverse challenges to recycling for Scotland’s councils must be addressed

The Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA) has responded to the Scottish Government’s launch of a consultation on proposed legislation in the Circular Economy Bill.


Proposed legislation in the Circular Economy Bill includes measures to cut litter and waste and forms part of wider plans for a new approach to reducing, reusing and recycling materials to help drive Scotland’s circular economy.


Responding to the Cabinet Secretary’s launch, COSLA Environment and Economy Spokesperson Councillor Steven Heddle said:


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Thu, 07/11/2019 - 16:07

COSLA comment on building standards

A COSLA Spokesperson said in regard to the story today (Monday) on building standards:

"While we agree that the implications of achieving the net zero target by 2045 are profound and will impact on all aspects of society and the economy, it does not necessarily follow that a national buildings standards agency is part of the solution. If anything the long term solution to meeting the net zero target seem more likely to involve increasing decentralisation of power to local authorities and communities.

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Mon, 19/08/2019 - 17:00

COSLA comment on waste management

Councillor Steven Heddle, COSLA’s Environment and Economy Spokesperson said:
"We have been recognising for some time the challenges that the ban presents to local authorities and the wider commercial waste sector in Scotland. 
"The report confirms this and we are working with our 32 Local Authorities and Scottish Government to  find a pragmatic way forward."
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Tue, 23/04/2019 - 17:00

COSLA comment on fly-tipping

A COSLA Spokesperson said: "Scotland’s councils take the issue of fly-tipping very seriously indeed.
"While the practice of dealing with fly tipping varies across the country, all treat it with the same degree of seriousness.
"The figures obtained in the FOI request refer only to cases referred to the Procurator Fiscal. So only give a partial view of the reality.

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Tue, 16/04/2019 - 17:00

COSLA comment on littering

A COSLA Spokesperson said: "COSLA developed last year, together with the Scottish Government, new guidance on dealing with litter. This encourages a focus on prevention and making a much broader range of bodies responsible for preventing littering.
"It is a huge social blight with economic and social consequences for our local communities, and we need all hands on deck to get to grips with this. Local government is committed to stepping up to the challenge, and we hope all others will do the same."
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Thu, 21/03/2019 - 18:00

£20m of support for regeneration in local communities

More than 600 jobs to be created or supported.

Communities across Scotland are to benefit from a share of £20.4m to support local regeneration activity.

A total of 18 projects are being awarded funding in 2019/20 as part of the Regeneration Capital Grant Fund (RCGF).

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Thu, 07/03/2019 - 10:00

COSLA comment on winter preparedness

Councillor Steven Heddle, COSLA Environment and Economy Spokesperson said:

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Fri, 25/01/2019 - 18:00