Scotland has made significant progress in increasing its recycling rates because of improved services and the use of recycling advisor intervention, according to two studies.
The reports, published by Waste Aware Scotland and Remade Scotland, looked at the waste stream for the year 20062007 and welcomed the efforts made by local authorities to increase recycling rates.
Remade Scotland is a project which advises councils on how to minimise waste and increase re-use and recycling. Waste Aware Scotland is an educational awareness programme directly funded by the Scottish Government.
Findings from the Waste Aware Scotland annual recycling advisor support programme report suggest that there is a strong link between recycling advisor interventions, which can help the public to increase the amount of waste they recycle at home.
The latest recyclate recovery best practice report by Remade Scotland found that the amount of recyclables collected at the kerbside had risen by 23% when compared with the 20052006 figures. It also found that 58% of the 750,000 tonnes of recyclable material extracted from the household waste stream in Scotland was collected at the kerbside, with the remainder being obtained from recycling centres and collection points.
The Remade report was delivered by the Caledonian Environment Centre, part of the Glasgow Caledonian University. It highlights the main factors behind improved recycling which include: collection frequency, collection capacity, range of materials collected and the frequency of residual waste collection.
Cabinet secretary for the environment Richard Lochhead said: In recent years, Scotland has been making steady progress in increasing recycling rates. However, the Scottish Government has committed to achieving a recycling rate of 70% by 2025.
Both reports being published today will assist in spreading best practice around the public sector as we take the essential journey towards zero waste.