Scotland to propose ban on destruction of unsold goods

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The destruction of unsold, durable goods could be banned in Scotland as part of plans to reduce waste, Scotland’s Circular Economy Minister Lorna Slater has announced.

Proposals for a ban will be put forward in a consultation on a new Circular Economy Bill, to be published in May.

It is intended to address public concerns about unsold products being destroyed or ending up in landfill. Retailers may be required to look for other options for unsold products, including donating and recycling them.

The proposal follows reports from ITV last year (2021) that online retail giant Amazon destroys millions of items of unsold stock every year, products that are often new and unused.

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