Scotlands annual recycling and composting rate rose to 35.2 per cent for the year July 2008 to June 2009, according to new figures from the Scottish Environment Protection Agency.
A total of 1.22 million tonnes of biodegradable municipal waste was sent to landfill in Scotland in the year July 2008 to June 2009.
Scotlands current recycling performance falls behind Englands and Wales recycling rate. Englands recycling rate is 37.6 per cent and Wales has a recycling rate of 41 per cent.
SEPA national waste policy unit manager Kenny Boag said: It is very encouraging to see Scotlands municipal waste recycling rate continue to rise and the signs are good in that it looks as though we will meet our immediate targets. However, even greater challenges lie ahead and we must all accept that this will require new and additional services, facilities and most importantly, changes to our lifestyles so we may further reduce, re-use and recycle our waste in Scotland.
Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead added: These figures paint a very encouraging picture as we approach our ambitious target of recycling 40 per cent of our municipal waste by the end of 2010. Now is the time for a united push to get us over the line and to look ahead to our future targets.
The extensive response to Scotlands Zero Waste Plan consultation shows there is a great deal of enthusiasm out there for a cleaner, greener country. The bar has been raised and we should all work together households, businesses, and local authorities to move Scotland towards a zero waste society.
- Municipal recycling/composting targets are 40 per cent by 2010 and 50 per cent by 2013, 60 per cent by 2020 and 70 per cent by 2025.