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Scottish rubbish may have to be sent to England in order to meet a planned ban on household waste going to landfill by 2021. The Scottish government wants to stop traditional black bag waste and a range of recyclable materials being buried in the ground. But a new study has found the cost of the ban could be more than £1bn. Less than half of Scotland's 32 councils have plans in place to meet the 2021 target. The study of waste markets predicts there will be insufficient capacity to meet the expected level of need, with a gap predicted of one million tonnes of waste per year in 2021. That could fall to 90,000 tonnes by 2035 if councils take action to reduce waste and build more energy-from-waste processing facilities. Full story

23 April