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Funding for waste reduction

Councils across Scotland are to share in a fund of £2.5 million to ensure that they minimise the amount of waste they produce and recycle their own waste wherever possible. The funding for the current financial year will also be used to upgrade recycling points and centres across Scotland.

Environment Minister Ross Finnie said: "Local authorities are improving recycling facilities across Scotland following awards from the Scottish Executive's Strategic Waste Fund.

"It's important too that they lead by example, particularly as authorities have responsibility for a wide variety of premises such schools, offices and depots which can generate waste.

"This funding will help local authorities to audit their own waste and produce waste prevention action plans. We will hold detailed discussions with CoSLA to ensure that this money is well targeted and fits in with local authorities' existing plans."

The £2.5 million funding for local authorities being announced today is from Landfill Tax consequentials. This funding is in addition to the funding local authorities have received through the Strategic Waste Fund, which has awarded all 32 local authorities around £202 million to 2005/06.

The Scottish Executive announced on 21 September 2004 that public bodies sponsored by them would be asked to conduct environmental audits, which will include what they are doing to minimise waste and recycle.

Of the funding announced today, £500,000 will be used to upgrade recycling points and centres. This will ensure that the public are provided with good information at recycling points and centres, through the Waste Aware Scotland campaign, on what can be recycled. There will be close discussions with CoSLA and the Scottish Waste Awareness Group on how best to progress this initiative.






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