Scottish businesses could be banned from dumping unsold goods

Edinburgh’s Fresh Start has been praised by Circular Economy Minister Lorna Slater for providing a vital service while saving the environment as she announces businesses could be banned from throwing away unsold white goods .

The minister spoke ahead of a visit to Fresh Start in Edinburgh, where white goods and household items that have been donated by businesses are donated to help those who are homeless when they move into new property.

Fresh Start could be one of those companies taking advantage of the ban on companies throwing away unsold products that are still in good condition.

It is understood that the Scottish Government will include the measure as part of the consultation on its new Circular Economy Bill, which is due in May.

Ministers believe such a move would address public concerns about the destruction or landfill of unsold products.

Instead, retailers would be forced to consider other alternatives, such as donating unsold items or recycling them.

France recently introduced such a ban, with the European Union also considering a similar intervention.



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Circular Economy Minister Lorna Slater said: “It makes absolutely no sense for perfectly good products to end up in landfill. Rather than being wasted in landfill or incinerated, they should be repurposed or repurposed.”

Ms Slater added: “Organizations like Fresh Start are showing that there is a real need for items like these, and with the rising cost of living that need is growing rapidly.

“We are living in a climate emergency. When goods go to landfill without even having been used once, we are not only wasting the product – we are also wasting all the energy and raw materials that went into making it.

“This proposal is a direct response to public concerns about what happens to unsold items. By pursuing a ban, we can ensure they get to those who need them and help Scotland reduce its carbon footprint. .

“This is the kind of action that is needed to create a circular economy and shows the level of ambition that will be contained in our proposals in May.”