We are justifiably proud of Scotland’s cities and towns and
their architectural and historic importance. They attract large
numbers of visitors and enrich the lives of the people of
Social inequalities exist in our towns and cities; in some
areas, access to good-quality greenspace is available, whereas some
areas of deprivation have derelict or insufficient greenspace, that
does not deliver its potential health and amenity benefits.
There are problems associated with air quality and noise across
our towns and cities, and localised problems associated with
Most people are happy with the condition of their neighbourhood
although there are significant numbers of urban areas in which big
improvements could be made to residents' quality of life.
Scotland’s economy is dependent upon a range of non-renewable
materials and in the longer term these will be used up. These
materials include plastics and some metals.
Other materials may be present in large quantities but their
extraction, transport and processing have large energy demands.
Scotland landfills less than half of the waste it did ten years
ago. At present, approximately 40% of household waste is composted
Improving the way in which we handle waste material is an
important environmental and economic objective.