Deputy Environment Minister Lewis Macdonald today marked the start
of "National Recycling Week - Recycle for Scotland" setting a challenging target for Scotland's local authorities.
Across Scotland councils have been set a target to recycle and compost 25 per cent of municipal waste by 2006. This will now be extended to 30 percent by 2008.
The Minister also announced that around £350 million will be provided over the next three years to continue the work to improve recycling facilities and divert waste away from landfill.
During a visit to newly upgraded recycling facilities in Aberdeen, Mr Macdonald said: "National Recycling Week is a timely reminder that we all have a part to play in improving Scotland's record on waste management. Already, through funding received from our Strategic Waste Fund, local authorities are working to meet our recycling and composting target of 25 percent by 2006.
"However, this is only the start and there is still more to do. That is why we are now setting a further target, to recycle and compost 30 per cent of municipal waste by 2008. This is a challenging target, and will require continued close partnership between the Scottish Executive and local authorities.
"I have seen today that the resources we are already providing are making a difference. This is excellent news for our environment and for our economy as well."
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