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FINNIE CALLS FOR SCOTS TO INCREASE EFFORTS ON RECYCLING

 

New figures published today by the Accounts Commission show that in 2003/04 Scotland recycled or composted 12.3% of its municipal waste.

Compared to the previous year’s figure of 9.6% this represents an increase by Scotland’s local authorities of over 28%.

Commenting on the figures, Environment Minister Ross Finnie said:

“The Scottish Executive is committed to transforming the country's record on waste reduction, recycling, composting and recovery.

“Already, through multi-million pounds funding received from our Strategic Waste Fund, local authorities are working to meet our recycling and composting target of 25 per cent by 2006. We are providing the infrastructure to enable everyone to play their part.

“We have made a good start. However, as the report acknowledges, we still have more to do to meet our target. That is why we will continue to work closely with local authorities.

“Every month, recycling becomes easier for Scots with new and improved kerbside facilities, recycling bins and other services being provided across the country. It is up to all of us to increase our efforts and make better use of these facilities”

The Minister also commented on the report’s finding that local authorities collected 3 per cent more waste in 2003/04 than in 2002/03.

Mr Finnie said:

“Although very important, recycling is only part of the story. As this report shows, the amount of waste we are producing has increased.

“We need to do more to prevent waste arising in the first place. We are working with SEPA and the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) amongst others to minimise the amount of waste that goes to landfill. WRAP are working with retailers to have an impact on the waste that ends up in a householder’s bin.

“Combined with our funding for recycling, the Executive is working to lessen the impact that all of us have on our environment.”

 

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