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Scots make recycling ‘on the go’ easier  

Hundreds of new recycling bins are being installed in busy public places across Scotland to make it easier for people to recycle when they are out and about. 

The move coincides with the start of Recycle Week and will see recycling bins installed in over 40 popular locations including town centres, public parks, transport hubs and popular visitor attractions.

Sites include Edinburgh’s Royal Commonwealth Pool, Glasgow’s Kelvingrove Park, and Camperdown Country Park in Dundee.

The new facilities have been funded by Zero Waste Scotland, as part of a £250,000 drive to make it easier for people to recycle when they are ‘on the go’. 

The bins can cater for a wide range of materials including newspapers, plastic bottles, and aluminium drinks cans.

Zero Waste Scotland and the Scottish Government are urging people to use the new recycling bins when they are out and about during Recycle Week.

Scotland’s cabinet secretary for the environment, Richard Lochhead, said: “Making recycling easy, whether you’re at home or out and about, is vital if Scotland is to achieve its zero waste ambitions.  

“This funding supports local authorities, businesses, and the third sector to provide new recycling bins, however it’s down to everyone to use them.

“Scotland’s household recycling rate has jumped from 5% to nearly 40% in the last 10 years alone. 

“While this is fantastic progress, there’s still room to recycle more at home as well as when we are out and about.  The small effort it takes to separate our waste for recycling is very valuable to Scotland’s economy.”

This year, Recycle Week (June 18 – 24), a nationwide drive to encourage people to recycle more, is focusing on recycling plastic bottles.

 

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