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Call for Scotland to 'up its game' after failing to meet recycling target

Scotland must “up its game” if it is to deliver its zero-waste ambition, according to WWF Scotland.

The environmental group made the call in response to news that Scotland had failed to meet a Scottish Government target to recycle and compost 40% of household waste by the end of 2010.

As reported in MRW, figures released in May showed that by the end of 2010 only half of Scotland’s 32 local authorities had achieved a household recycling and composting rate of 40% and that Scotland only achieved an overall recycling and composting rate of 37.85.

WWF Scotland Head of Policy Dr Dan Barlow said: “Scotland has made good progress over the past decade in addressing our poor record on recycling, however it is massively disappointing that the Government target has been missed. Scotland’s recycling rate has also now fallen behind England and Wales and falls a long way short of the levels found elsewhere in Europe.

“While it is fantastic that half of Scotland’s local authorities are achieving rates in line with the Government target it is shocking that many others are falling a long way short of the 40% commitment. 

“Stepping up recycling and reuse rates and cutting the amount of waste we produce is essential if we are to reduce Scotland’s global footprint.  Measures such as requiring greater segregation of waste at source, a landfill ban for recyclable and organic waste and introducing a nationwide deposit return system would help toward making Scotland’s zero waste aspiration a reality.”

Scottish Government targets for household recycling and composting are:

40% by 2010

50% by 2013

60% by 2020

70% by 2025

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