Consultations open for comment

We would like to draw your attention to two consultations currently open for comment that will contribute to tackling the climate emergency. Don’t miss your chance to influence positive change across Fife and Scotland.

Fife Council Grassland Consultation

A Fife Council consultation on managing the Kingdom’s grassland has opened this week.

The Council are proposing that 10% of the grassland they maintain be left to grow throughout the spring and summer months, replacing a more intensive cutting regime. This will create a more natural landscapes in our communities and create healthy habitats for wildlife by providing food and refuge for invertebrates, small mammals and birds.

The Council estimate that by managing their grasslands in this way, they can reduce their grass management carbon emissions by 10%, equivalent to 1,124 car journeys from Kincardine to St Andrews every year. Full details of the grassland management regime, including grassland location maps and FAQs can be found here.

Have your say on the proposal. The Fife Grassland Consultation runs from 16th November 2020 until 31st December 2020 and is open to all. Take part online here or request a paper copy by phoning 01592 583469

Scottish Government Single-Use Plastic Consultation

The Scottish Government has launched a twelve-week public consultation on the introduction of market restrictions (effectively a ban) on certain single-use plastic items.

The consultation is the latest attempt to tackle our throwaway society after the recent banning of plastic-stemmed cotton buds and microbeads, and aims to reduce the amount of single-use plastics that end up as marine litter.

The products included in this consultation are those which are most commonly found as marine litter in Europe.  This includes:

  • Single-use plastic cutlery;
  • Single-use plastic plates;
  • Single-use plastic straws;
  • Single-use plastic drink stirrers;
  • Single-use plastic balloon sticks;
  • Single-use expanded polystyrene food containers made of expanded polystyrene;
  • Single-use cups and other beverage containers made of expanded polystyrene;
  • All products made of oxo-degradable plastic

More information about the consultation can be found on Zero Waste Scotland’s web page. You can take part in the formal consultation here between 12th October 2020 and 4th January 2021.

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