Christina McKelvie MSP has welcomed the Scottish Government’s response to Dr Colin Church’s Stop, Sort, Burn, Bury - incineration in the waste hierarchy: independent review into incineration. The Scottish Government will support all 12 recommendations made by Dr Church which means the Scottish Government’s official position will now be against backing additional incineration capacity, except in limited circumstances. An example of this would be smaller scale incineration for rural and island communities.

New planning applications for incineration plants will also continue to be escalated to Scottish Ministers for consideration. This will ensure that an effective moratorium on incineration remains. The Scottish Government will also publish a national cap for residual waste set by 2024.

This comes as a result of the SNPs manifesto commitment to review incineration which states that the party “must concentrate our efforts on reducing, recycling and reusing resources” as part of building Scotland’s circular economy and achieving the Scottish Government’s world leading climate targets.

Christina McKelvie MSP for Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse has worked closely with the community in Stonehouse over opposition to a proposed incinerator and called for a moratorium alongside Màiri McAllan MSP during the 2021 Holyrood elections.

Commenting Christina said:

“I am absolutely over the moon to hear that the Dr Colin Church’s recommendations have been accepted by the Scottish Government. While there is still work to do, maintaining the Scottish Ministers oversight of new applications ensures the effective moratorium on new incinerators will continue.

”I know the Dovedale Action Group and other community groups across Scotland will be happy with the environmental progress the Scottish Government have committed to making by adopting these recommendations.

“Adopting these changes is a clear sign that the SNP are serious about delivering on our manifesto commitments. We are totally committed to continuing to tackle the climate emergency by laying the foundations for a net-zero future for everyone living here in Scotland.”

Commenting, Màiri McAlan MSP for Clydesdale said:

“This is incredibly positive news. I would like to thank Dr Colin Church for his work on this important review into incinerations and Scotland’s waste hierarchy.

“Locally, I know many campaigners, particularly with the Dovesdale Action Group, have worked tremendously hard for this progress, and Christina McKelvie and myself as local MSP’s are delighted that the Scottish Government has committed to adopting the recommendations from the review.

“Tackling the climate and ecological emergency is foremost on our minds, and building our circular economy here in Scotland is a vital part of how we do that and reach our net-zero targets.

“This is a positive step which helps deliver on our SNP manifesto commitment from last year on reviewing incineration and renewing our focus on a more sustainable waste hierarchy in Scotland.”

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