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Scottish recycling rate hits 41%

The recycling and composting rate of waste collected by Scottish local authorities reached a new high in 2011/12, Scottish government figures indicate.

Some 41.2% of municipal solid waste in Scotland was composed or recycled last year, up from 38.2% in 2010/11, according to the recently released Key Scottish Environment Statistics 2013.

The figures continued the increasing trend of the past decade, with recycling rates rising by more than 900% since 2000 (see graph, top).

Despite the improving trend, the Scottish recycling rate in 2012 was lower than in Wales, which achieved 52%; England, at 43.6%; and Northern Ireland lagged behind with a rate of 38%.

Under its Zero Waste Plan, Scotland has a target of recycling, composting or reusing 50% of municipal waste by 2013, set to rise to 70% by 2025.

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