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Scottish recycling rate hits 37.8% in 2010

Scotland’s recycling and composting rate hit 37.8% in 2010, narrowly missing the Scottish Government’s 40% target for last year.

The figure represents a 1.8 percentage point improvement over the 2009 figure, which stood at 36%.

In total, Scotland recycled or composted 1,181,681 tonnes of waste between January and December 2010, with 1,109,689 tonnes landfilled and another 95,713 tonnes incinerated.

Despite narrowly missing the target, news that the recycling rate increased was welcomed by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency national waste team unit manager Gary Walker.

He said: “Thanks to the continued efforts of the Scottish people and our local authorities, along with their private sector partners, the recycling rate is continuing to improve.

“The fact that more waste is being composted and recycled at the same time as less waste is being collected and less waste landfilled, shows that the concept of ‘reduce, re-use, recycle’ is increasingly becoming part of Scotland’s way of life.

“As we aim to recycle more and more of our waste, it is getting more challenging. But let’s not forget that, only five years ago, Scotland produced 285,773 more tonnes of waste and only recycled/composted 24.3%.”

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