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18 Feb 2010 03:02:26

Scottish govt pledge £7m to boost recycling rate

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.



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Duncan wrote:

22 Feb 2010

South Korean Reduction/Recycling of Construction Waste.

Improvement in the living environment and the boom of rebuilding and redeveloping projects in Korea had resulted in the soaring of construction waste from tons in 1996 to 54 million tons in 2004. Concrete and asphalt accounted for 42.3 million tons (78.1%) of the construction waste generated in 2004.

As a result, the Act on the Promotion of Construction Waste Recycling was introduced in December 2003 and the Enforcement Ordinances and Regulations of the Act were established in January 2005 in order to institutionally support the recycling of construction wastes. Under the Act, road construction, construction of industrial complex site or environment facilities, and sewage pipeline installation are subject to use recycled aggregates.

Meanwhile, for the stable supply of recycled aggregates, the web based `Construction Waste Management System (CWMS)’ was established in 2006, which links suppliers and users with regard to the information of production and demand and quality of recycled aggregates. Moreover, in order to encourage the use of high-quality recycled aggregates, MOE plans to introduce quality standards and certifications for recycled aggregates

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