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Scotland on track to meet recycling targets

Latest quarterly waste statistics for Scotland revealed a recycling figure of 22.9% for October — December 2005, with the rolling figure for municipal waste recycled in 2005 at 22.8%.

The Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) says the figures show significant progress is being made towards Scotland’s 2006 target of 25% recycling.

Scottish environment minister Ross Finnie welcomed the new figures. But he warned: “Of course, more needs to be done. As well as a target of 25% recycling/composting by 2006, we also have targets of 30% by 2008 and 55% by 2020. However, we also want to prevent waste arising in the first place. Our consultation on preventing household waste has just closed and we are now starting to analyse the responses.”

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