Scotland recycling figures near 2010 target

Scotland is nearing its 40 per cent recycling target, as new figures show 35.9 per cent of waste is being recycled.

Scottish Environment Protection Agency figures show that for the first time ever, the majority of Scotland's local authorities met or exceeded the 2010 target to recycle over 40 per cent of municipal solid waste.

Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead said: "It is a fantastic achievement for the some local authorities to be now recycling nearly half of their waste. These figures are testament to the hard work of households, businesses and the public sector."

"Eighteen of our 32 authorities have now met the target. To help the 14 under-achieving local authorities we have announced an extra £7 million for local government funding. We are also planning a national campaign to get everyone in the recycling habit."

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Scottish Government

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