Scotlands smallest local authority is leading the way for recycling, according to figures released by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA). Clackmannanshire has excelled, achieving a remarkable recycling and composting figure of 41.3%, above the Scottish ministers target of 25%. About 4 million tonnes of municipal waste was produced in Scotland last year and 25.3% of that waste was recycled. SEPAs director of environmental and organisational strategy Calum MacDonald said: Its encouraging to see that people clearly recognise how important it is that we deal with our waste more sustainably, and are taking action to do something about it. This has significant benefits for our environment. This upward trend wouldnt be possible without the efforts of local authorities and the public. Clackmannashires results are an example of just how much can be achieved. They should be proud of their achievements and the rest of us encouraged to make an ever-more concerted attempt to reduce, re-use and recycle our own waste. MacDonald puts Clackmannanshires high recycling rate down to four factors; effective kerbside design, political commitment, a strong prior presence from community sector recycling and a very good public response.