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Recycling in Scotland flatlines

Scottish councils recycled 43.6% of the household waste they collected between July and September 2011, according to official statistics.

Figures from the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) show no change from the previous quarter for the whole of Scotland although variation occurred for each individual authority.

Half of the councils increased their recycling rate from the previous quarter, while half decreased it.

The number of councils recycling more than 50% of their household waste fell from 12 in the second quarter to 10 in the third. 

A SEPA statement said: “There has been a decrease in waste arisings from the previous quarter, with about 18,000 tonnes less waste being generated, which resulted in about 10,000 tonnes less waste going to landfill and less waste being recycled.”

Data for every one of Scotland’s 32 local authorities is available on SEPA’s website along with the figures for the whole of Scotland.

This is the second data set to use the updated recycling rate calculation required by the Scottish Government’s Zero Waste Plan.

MRW previously reported that Wales recycled a record-breaking 49% of its municipal waste in the third quarter of 2011. England recycled 40.8% in the calendar year 2010, recent figures showed.

In Northern Ireland, almost 42% of household waste was sent for recycling or composting during the first quarter of the 2011/12 financial year.

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