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£35O million to improve recycling facilities

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) welcomes the announcement that around £350 million will be spent by Scottish local authorities over the next three years to improve recycling facilities and divert waste away from landfill.

The announcement was made by Deputy Environment and Rural Development Minister Lewis Macdonald in Aberdeen today at the start of Recycle for Scotland week. This announcement and a new municipal waste recycling target of 30% by 2008, further supports a National commitment to move Scotland towards a more waste aware culture. Continued investment in appropriate infrastructure will improve the facilities available to householders and help Scotland meet the targets outlined in the National Waste Plan (Feb 2003) and the new 2008 target.

Commenting on the award, SEPA's Joanna Muse, National Waste Strategy Operation Support Manager said: "The targets outlined in the National Waste Plan for Scotland are ambitious, but with continued effort, and investment, they are achievable. At the start of a week focussing on raising public awareness of the advantages of reducing, reusing and recycling our waste, reinforcing our positive commitment to change is important.

"Through delivery of the Waste Aware Scotland campaign we are already seeing a change in behaviour in many areas across the country, and this is set to continue. SEPA is working closely with local authorities, business and the community to implement Scotland's Plan to tackle waste, and increasing public awareness will be crucial if we are to succeed."

Waste Aware Scotland is responsible for the delivery of Scotland's public awareness campaign on waste.

Householders can find out about recycling in their area and how to reduce and reuse their rubbish by visiting the Waste Aware Scotland website.



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