David Bol of the Herald leaps gleefully on this news that a contract for recycling Scots bottle waste has gone south. I remember the time we were more concerned about waste from the south getting dumped in Scotland – Munitions in Beaufort’s Dyke, nuclear sub waste in the Clyde, old nuclear subs rotting in Rosyth, southern excrement in camping sites?
Isn’t this just a positive indicator that we will have a nice productive relationship with rUK after independence?
They will, despite some mad yoon outbursts, still buy our salmon, beef and whisky. They will prefer to buy our oil, gas and electricity rather than be dependent on France and Russia. They will still send students here and employ our graduates in the overheated, staff-short, south. They might soon need our water too.
Oh, yes, we’ll still buy their cheese and…….?
Finally is the movement of non-hazardous recyclable waste, by definition, wrong? No. See this from the European Environment Agency:
- One benefit of waste shipments is that they allow the development of economies of scale for recycling. This, in turn, offers the opportunity for the advancement of recycling technologies, security of supply and lower prices for secondary raw materials. Ultimately, this would improve the functioning of secondary raw material markets within the EU’s single market.
- Recyclable waste that is shipped to other EU countries accounts for a significant share of the quantities generated, representing a total value of EUR 12 billion, dominated by ferrous metals that make up 69% of the total.Data reveal a growing and dynamic market for internationally traded waste materials.