Secret papers obtained by The Ferret reveal Dumfries and Galloway council were facing £700k monthly PFI waste bill from contractor, even if the service stopped.
Scotland’s failure to ban waste dumping could give England a “£100 million landfill tax gift”, an industry body is warning.
Scottish ministers and councils have come under fire after official figures revealed that Scotland recycled less household waste than the rest of the UK.
Eleven huge waste incinerators are planned across Scotland, prompting warnings about health, pollution and recycling.
The drinks and retail industries have fought a fierce behind-the-scenes battle to block plans for a deposit scheme for drinks containers in Scotland.