Scotlands recycling and composting rates haven continued to increase, as figures from the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) show that the government's 2008 target has been met.
Recycling and composting rose to 35.9% in Scotland between October 2008 and September 2009, comfortably fulfilling the country's 30% target.
However, the next recycling and composting target for the Scottish Government is 40% by the end of 2010.
The amount of municipal waste sent to landfill in Scotland is also continuing to fall, with a total of 1.20 million tonnes of municipal waste sent to landfill in the year October 2008 to September 2009. This is below the 1.32 million tonnes limit set for Scotland for 2009/10 by the European Commission under the Landfill Allowance Scheme.
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 prevent, re-use and recycle our waste in Scotland. SEPA will be doing everything it can to support this change as part of the Scottish Governments forthcoming Zero Waste Plan.