Scotland has for the first time exceed 60% for recycling, composting and reuse of waste, according to the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa).
It recorded that 6.96 million tonnes (61%) of waste was recycled, composted or prepared for reuse – equivalent to 61% – more than 500,000 tonnes above the 2015 figure.
There were 605,614 tonnes of organic wastes recycled in composting or anaerobic digestion facilities, an increase of 102,580 tonnes from 2015.
Total waste generated in Scotland fell against the 2015 level from 11.3 million tonnes to 10.8 million.
Sepa chief executive Terry A’Hearn (pictured) said: “The most successful countries in the 21st century will be resource-efficient, circular economies, where what once was waste is valued as a resource.
“We are committed to helping all regulated businesses do more to support waste prevention and facilitate the use of secondary resources in the economy, helping communities and businesses to thrive within the resources of our planet.”
Environment secretary Roseanna Cunningham said the figures showed Scotland was making good progress towards its 2025 target of 70% recycling and reuse.