Recycling centres in Scotland have shown ‘excellent’ compliance with their environmental permits, according to data for 2015.
The Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (Sepa) has published figures for 5,139 sites covering regulations including waste management licences and controlled activity regulations discharges.
Of 165 recycling centres inspected, only two were rated poor or very poor while 131 were classed excellent.
But of some 164 waste sites inspected, 30 were rated as poor or very poor while 83 were classed excellent.
Meanwhile 220 metal recycling and end-of-life vehicle permits were inspected, of which 30 were rated poor or very poor and 101 were classed excellent.
Overall, of 892 facilities with waste management licences inspected, 76 were rated as poor or very poor while 588 of these were classed excellent.
Introduced in 2009, the scheme helps Sepa to assess which sectors require improved enforcement of compliance.
More than 90% of the 5,139 operators in Scotland achieved a rating of excellent, good or broadly compliant in meeting the conditions of their environmental licences during 2015.
Terry A’Hearn (pictured), Sepa chief executive, said: “It is important to acknowledge the efforts of those businesses that have maintained or improved their compliance during 2015 and to our staff who worked hard to help all these businesses with their overall environmental performance.
“For those who persistently fail to make the standards required, the 2015 figures firmly fix the spotlight on you and every action will be taken to ensure compliance is achieved.”