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Scotland seeks views on how to reduce waste

Scotland recycled 25.1% of its waste in the second quarter of 2005/06 according to new figures released yesterday – the start of Scottish Environment Week.

The statistic, published by the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA), puts Scotland nearer its target of recycling and composting 25% of its municipal waste by 2006. The rolling year average from October 2004 to September 2005 was 21%.

Scottish environment minister Ross Finnie said: “This follows considerable hard work by local authorities and I am pleased to see steady progress across Scotland. However, we cannot rest on our laurels. I am determined to see further improvements in Scotland’s recycling rate and I also want to see households minimising their waste.”

The amount of household waste produced in Scotland is growing by about 2% a year and according to SEPA if changes are not made it is likely to double within 20 years. But Scotland’s National Waste Strategy has set itself a goal of 0% growth in municipal waste arisings by 2010.

In light of this the Scottish Executive and SEPA also chose to launch a household waste consultation. It will run until April 28 and look at how Scotland can reduce the amount of waste it produces. Areas covered include: the reasons for the increased generation of household waste; manufacture and design of products; whether action should be taken in relation to disposable products; and whether targets should be laid down on local authorities in relation to household waste prevention.

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