The country only achieved a 12.8% recycling rate for 2003/4. This compares to a 17% rate for England and a 16.25% record in Wales during the same time period.
A total of 2,920,343 tonnes of domestic and commercial waste was collected in Scotland during the period, and only 298,683 tonnes was recycled, but a further 113,943 tonnes of waste was composted.
The figures also showed that there were 2,364,156 household premises, 64,931 commercial premises and 1,109 industrial premises that received a regular waste collection service in Scotland.
But out of these only just over 1 million households, 8,970 commercial premises and 124 industrial premises received a kerbside recycling service.