Scotlands recycling and composting rate has beaten targets of 30% by 2008 so far according to figures released by the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA).
A rate of 32.2% has been achieved for July 2007 to June 2008, which shows progress from a rate of 28.4% for April 2006 to March 2007.
The rate achieved for the first quarter (April to June) of 2008/9 is even higher, hitting 35.5%.
SEPA National Waste Policy Unit manager Kenny Boag said: Scotland has surpassed the 2008 target of 30% recycling and composting. This is as a direct result of continued efforts from the public to reduce, reuse and recycle their waste and ambitious efforts taken by local authorities to introduce new recycling services.
While todays figures are a positive indicator of progress, it is essential we continue our efforts to minimise waste growth and maximise recycling if we are to meet our aims of moving towards a zero waste Scotland.
Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead said: I am pleased that local authorities have again improved on their recycling performance. It is an important step forward on our journey towards zero waste. However we are not complacent and recognise that we need to increase our effort with local authorities to make further improvements to recycling services.