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Question ref. S6W-08474
Asked by: Mark Ruskell, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Green Party
Date lodged: 9 May 2022


To ask the Scottish Government when it will provide an update on the review of the role of incineration in the waste hierarchy.

Current status: Answered by Lorna Slater on 10 May 2022


We have published the Report of the independent review of the role of incineration in the waste hierarchy.

The Report is available at:

Dr Colin Church submitted his Report to Ministers on 13 April. Given the potential for the Report’s findings and recommendations to raise issues that could be of particular local interest, publication was deferred until after the local government elections.

We are considering Dr Church’s recommendations carefully and will respond to these in a statement to Parliament in June.

Given the important issues that the Review Report raises in relation to Scotland’s national capacity requirements for incineration, the temporary notification direction that was put in place during the review will remain in place until we determine our response to Dr Church’s recommendations. This notification direction requires local authorities to notify Scottish ministers when they receive, and when they intend to approve, a planning application for an incineration facility.