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Extra cash for Scots recycling schemes

The Scottish Government has announced an extra £1.2m to help councils reach the 50% recycling target by the end of next year.

Speaking at the Scottish Waste and Resources Conference in Glasgow, environment Secretary Richard Lochhead said the cash would fund improvements in Household Waste Recycling Centres and increased glass collections.

The money comes on top of £5m already made available through Zero Waste Scotland this year to support household food waste collections.

Lochhead said: “Our vision for zero waste is a long-term ambition – but getting to the point where the majority of our household waste is recycled will be a major milestone, especially considering that before devolution our recycling rate was just 5%.

“We are making funds available to councils to help them meet our ambition. Councils have made huge progress.  Seven councils have already hit the challenging 50% recycling target by adopting a ‘can do’ approach. We encourage all councils to work with Zero Waste Scotland and take advantage of this targeted additional investment to help them make further progress.

“But this is also about a much bigger prize. It is about keeping valuable materials circulating in our economy so we can create jobs and business opportunities here in Scotland.”

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