Scotlands recycling rates have improved according to figures published by the Scottish Government this week.
It said that municipal recycling rates for January to December 2007 were 31.2% up from 30.5% rates for the 12 months up to September 2007. As well as an improvement in the final quarter of 2007, the rates were up 4.1% from 2006.
Cabinet Secretary for the Environment Richard Lochhead said that householders, communities and local authorities were on the right track and that the figures were encouraging.
But he added: However, with ambitious targets on recycling and landfill reduction now in place to achieve a zero waste Scotland, I want to see more being done, particularly in those areas where performance is below par.
We need to make it as easy as possible for ordinary people to recycle and local authorities have a major role to play.
Scotland's targets for waste:
Percentage of municipal waste being recycled or composted:
2010 - 40
2013 - 50
2020 - 60
Percentage of municipal waste used for energy:
2010 - 4
2013 - 14
2020 - 25
Percentage of municipal waste going to landfill:
2010 - 56
2013 - 36
2020 - 15
2025 - 5
Image: Cabinet Secretary for the Environment Richard Lochhead