asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what guidelines he has issued to local authorities concerning the disposal of waste products; and what special instructions exist for the disposal of radioactive and chemical products.
Disposal of waste is governed by the Control of Pollution Act 1974 and by the Control of Pollution (Licensing of Waste Disposal) (Scotland) Regulations 1977 and the Control of Pollution (Special Waste) Regulations 1980. Advice on the provisions of the Act and the regulations has been issued to local authorities in SDD Circulars 64/1977 and 5/1981. Advice on the disposal of particular chemical wastes is contained in a series of waste management papers, which are drawn to the attention of local authorities when they are published.Under the Radioactive Substances Act 1960 disposals of radioactive waste must be authorised in Scotland by the Secretary of State. Appropriate limitations and conditions may be attached to these authorisations relating to the amounts and types of material involved and the means of disposal.