18 Feb 2010 03:02:26
Scottish govt pledge £7m to boost recycling rate
The Scottish government has said that it will put an additional £7 million into recycling.
Currently, recycling rates are 35.9 percent almost five percent behind its 40 percent target for 2010.
Figures from the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) revealed that its composting rate was increasing the fastest, but the amount of biodegradable municipal waste being sent to landfill (1.20 million tonnes) fell significantly below the EU target of 1.32 million set for Scotland.
Eighteen councils out of 32 were on their way to meeting landfill and recycling targets, according to SEPA.
In response to the figures, the government committed an additional £7 million to the Zero Waste Fund to assist the underperforming councils.
Richard Lochhead, the environment secretary, said: "Before devolution, Scotland was almost wholly dependant on landfill; an out of sight and out of mind approach that was unsustainable and damaging to the environment.
"With this in mind, 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. These targets, therefore, are attainable."
He added that the government was planning a nation-wide recycling campaign to enforce the recycling habit. http://tinyurl.com/yhwt38b