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Lochhead hails improvement in Scottish recycling rate

The Scottish cabinet secretary for rural affairs and environment has said he wants to “accelerate progress” as statistics show an increase in the recycling rate of household waste collected by Scottish councils.

According to the latest figures from the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), 41.2% of household waste was recycled or composted in 2012, up from 40.1% in 2011.

Cabinet Secretary Richard Lochhead (above) noted the figures for more than half of Scottish local authorities were above the UK recycling average, and that nine councils had hit a 50% target.

He said the Scottish Government had invested £20m to help local authorities to roll out food waste collections.

“Close to half a million households have received a new food waste service already this year, meaning one million households in Scotland now have a service to collect and recycle their food waste. The impact of this investment will be seen in next year’s figures,” he said.

The rate of household waste sent to landfill was 55.3% in 2012, down from 55.8% in 2011.

SEPA also launched a new website outlining data on household waste arisings, waste type and management by local authorities and an overview of Scottish household waste totals since 2004.

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