Local authorities across Scotland have improved their waste and recycling figures for the year from April 2007 to March 2008.
New recycling figures from the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) show a 3.3% improvement from the previous year, a jump to 31.7% compared with the same period last year (28.4%). Municipal waste growth has also stopped.
The figures were announced at the Scottish Waste and Resources Conference in Glasgow (October 7/8). Speaking at the conference, Cabinet Minister Richard Lochhead said that the 31.7% recycling rate was a great leap forward. But he said that there was no room for complacency.
Ministers are confident that Scotland will reach its 2010 target.
Local authority Moray recycled and composted the most with 44%, followed by South Ayrshire at 43.1% and Clackmannanshire at 42.2%.
SEPA head of waste unit Kenny Boag said: To reach the next target of 40% by 2010 will place responsibilities on everyone in Scotland to take part and change some of our habits and the choices we make that so often lead to unnecessary waste production. It is important that we all accept that this is not just an issue for the local authorities and we all have a role to play.
Recycling and composting targets are 40% by 2010, 50% by 2013, 60% by 2020 and an aspirational target of a minimum of 70% by 2025.