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This section provides some key facts and figures about waste in Argyll and Bute.

The amount of waste that we produce in Scotland is increasing by around 2% per year. The graph below shows the amount of waste produced in Argyll and Bute each year since 2000.

Much of the waste that we produce can be reused or recycled. In addition to reuse and recycling, we also need to reduce the amount of waste that we produce in the first place. Reducing, reusing and recycling are all important parts of the solution to help us reach our targets for reducing the amount of waste that is sent to landfill.

Key waste targets from the Argyll and Bute Area Waste Plan:
  • 2010 - recycle 26% and compost 24% of Municipal Solid Waste (MSW)
  • 2020 - recycle 17% and compost 24% of MSW
  • 2020 - recover energy from 26% of MSW
Argyll and Buteís current recycling and composting rate is 20.4%.

The graph below shows the percentage of MSW recycled and composted in this area since 2000.

You can view key national waste figures in About Waste.

You can find more waste data on the SEPA website.

Scottish Environment Protection Agency Waste Data Digests 4 & 5
Landfill Allowance Scheme Rolling Year Data Oct 2004 - September 2005

* This information relates to Municipal Solid Waste (MSW), which includes all solid waste that is collected by (or on behalf of) the Argyll and Bute Councils.
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