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Twelve Scottish councils exceed 50% recycling

Scottish councils recycled 43.6% of household waste they collected, according to the latest quarterly figures.

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) reported that 12 out of 32 local authorities recycled more than 50% between April 2011 and June 2011.

SEPA’s data collation is the first to use a new recycling rate calculation required by the Scottish government’s Zero Waste Plan, published in June. Goals to hit by 2025 include 70% of all waste recycled and a maximum of 5% to landfill.

The national average of 43.6% is slightly under the figure for the year produced under the previous guidance (43.9%).

The recycling rate also now refers to ‘household waste’ and not ‘local authority collected municipal solid waste’, aligning it with Scottish, UK and European targets.

The data also implements new guidance on what can contribute to household waste recycling, concentrating on the quality recycling of materials.

As a result, the data reflects the recycling of paper, plastic, food and other materials into new products, in line with the Scottish ambition for high levels of closed loop recycling.

SEPA says the change of baseline means it is not possible to carry out a trend analysis. The agency is also working with local authorities to improve the accuracy of household waste reporting where household waste is collected mixed with commercial waste.

Councils exceeding 50%Percentage recycled
East Renfrewshire58.9
North Ayrshire58.9
Perth and Kinloss55.9
South Ayrshire53.4
West Dunbartonshire52.1
East Ayrshire50.4

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