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18 Jan 2010 09:01:17

Scotland needs to raise recycling targets

Scotland needs to raise recycling targets
Scotland is in danger of not meeting recycling targets, according to a new report.

The Audit Committee has found that Scottish councils are unlikely to meet goals for reducing landfill use and recycling beyond this year.

In the extensive study titled Protecting and Improving Scotland's Environment, the committee attributed the problem to local councils, who are struggling to meet goals for waste reduction that are set ten percent higher than those recommended by the European Commission.

Chair of the accounts commission John Baillie said: "Councils play a key role in protecting and improving the environment, in particular, with regard to waste management.

"Since the publication of our 2007 report, Sustainable waste management, councils have made significant progress but it is concerning that, taken together, councils' individual plans are not yet adequate to meet landfill targets beyond 2010."

Prior to 2008, councils across the country were working jointly to reduce targets and develop recycling facilities.

However, the government proposed in a report published at the time that individual councils work on producing energy from waste and decreasing industrial, commercial, and construction rubbish, which accounts for 85.5 percent of waste produced in Scotland.



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