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Scottish household recycling up to 44.3%

The latest household collection figures for Scotland show that local authorities recycled 44.3% of household waste collected in 2015, an increase of 1.4 percentage points from the 42.8% recycled by in 2014.

Official data from the Scottish Environment Protection Agency shows that 1.14 million tonnes was landfilled in 2015, 46.4% of household waste generated. This is 72,000 tonnes (6%) down on the 2014 figure and 314,000 tonnes (21.6%) down on 2011.

The total quantity of household waste generated in Scotland was 2.46 million tonnes in 2015, a decrease of 2,273 tonnes since 2014. There has been a reduction of 149,473 tonnes (5.7%) since 2011.

For the second year, composted wastes which did not reach the PAS 100/110 quality standard have been accounted for as ’other diversion from landfill’ and not as waste recycled.

For 2015, the total amount of household waste managed by other diversion from landfill was 229,000 tonnes, an increase of 36,000 tonnes from 2014.

Before 2014, household waste composted that did not reach PAS 100/110 was included in the recycling figures. If such waste was included, as in the previous method, the overall recycling rate in 2015 would have been 44.9%, an increase of 5.7 percentage points from the 40.1% achieved in 2011.

The decrease in waste being sent to landfill marks an increase in both recycling and energy recovery.

Charity Zero Waste Scotland’s chief executive Iain Gulland said: “It is encouraging that household recycling in Scotland continues to grow year after year, thanks to the efforts of councils and the public, who overwhelmingly want to do the right thing.

”Recycling more means we stop wasting money by sending good materials to landfill, as well as helping us to meet our commitments on tackling climate change.

“We are confident, following further investments made in food waste recycling in 2016, that we will continue to see progress – in addition to now having a majority of Scottish councils signed up to a national charter for more consistent collections.”

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