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Scotland continues to make significant progress in household waste recycling

The latest recycling reports from environmental campaign group Waste Aware Scotland and market development programme Remade Scotland, reveal that Scotland is continuing to make significant progress in optimising recycling services and increasing recycling rates.

The latest analysis of Scottish recycling schemes 2007/08 report prepared by Remade Scotland highlights:

  • The amount of recyclate collected at the kerbside has risen by 11 per cent when compared with 2006/07;
  • Tonnage of recyclate extracted from the household waste stream was more than 860,000 tonnes;
  • 84 per cent of households have access to recycling services and 63 per cent of all households have access to a garden waste service.

The latest Waste Aware Scotland annual Recycling advisor support programme report highlights:

  • A strong link between recycling advisor interventions and increased set out rates for kerbside recycling in the majority of cases;
  • Reductions in excess waste set out in areas where recycling advisor interventions have taken place;
  • The value of sharing information and best practice across local authorities.

Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead said: The findings of these reports provide further evidence that Scotland is taking the right steps towards becoming a zero waste society. Having already met our first EU landfill target 18 months early, it is encouraging to learn that recycling rates across Scotland continue to improve.

A total of eight local authorities have now hit their target or recycling 40 per cent of waste by 2010 and we will continue to work with the others to meet our challenging future targets.

Remade Scotland programme director Jim Baird said: There is clear evidence that Scottish local authorities are increasing the amount of recyclates collected through increased kerbside recycling and recycling centres and points. This indicates that the efforts made by local authorities, is now reaping tangible rewards.

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