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boost for recycling projects
Five local authorities are to share a £95 million boost for recycling and waste management projects.
In Aberdeen, Environment Minister Ross Finnie announced that Aberdeen City Council will receive over £24 million from the Executives Strategic Waste Fund to implement its recycling strategy.
Speaking in Ayrshire, Deputy Environment Minister Allan Wilson announced £71 million has been awarded to a joint initiative by North, South and East Ayrshire and Dumfries and Galloway Councils to implement segregated kerbside collection.
The money is allocated from the £230 million Strategic Waste Fund contained within last Septembers Scottish Budget.
Mr Finnie said:
"Every household in Scotland produces waste and the way it is handled affects us all. This new funding will provide many households and communities with much more sustainable ways to manage waste.
"Material buried in landfill sites contributes to global warming, damages our environment and blots our landscape. This material is often a valuable resource that can be managed in more sustainable ways.
"By providing funds to help councils put the Area Waste Plans into practice we are helping them to meet targets for waste minimisation, recycling and reduction in landfill."
Aberdeen City Council will receive £1,895,864 in 2003-04, £1,691,243 in 2004-05 and £2,695,831 in 2005-06 and £17,830,813 to 2020, giving a total of £24,113,751 in the period to 2020. The funding will contribute to achieving target recycling of 25 per cent by 2005-06 and 27 per cent by 2007-08. This will involve segregated kerbside collections to 80 per cent of households, communal recycling bids upgrading recycling centres and bring sites and introducing a green waste recycling campaign.
The consortium of joint working between North, South, East Ayrshire and Dumfries and Galloway Councils will receive £1,269,000 in 2003-04, £9,362,000 in 2004-05, £4,816,000 in 2005-06 and £55,771,000 to 2020, giving a total of £71,218,000 to 2020. This will enable the four local authorities to achieve an average of 28 per cent recycling by 2005/06 through segregated kerbside collection.
The Strategic Waste Fund is a specific grant scheme established by the Scottish Executive for the implementation of the National Waste Strategy:
Scotland. It was set up under The Financial Assistance for the Environmental Purposes (Scotland) Order 2000 (S.S.I. 2000/430).
Total provision for local authorities in the Strategic Waste Fund is £30.2m for 2003/4, £90.2, for 2004/5 and £111.7 for 2005/6. The Scottish Executive has already allocated nearly £21 million between councils this financial year for initiatives to increase recycling and composting.
National Waste Strategy, published by the Scottish Executive in 1999,
sets the framework for changing the way waste is managed in Scotland;
increasing recycling and recovery and reducing reliance on landfill. Eleven
Area Waste Plans have been prepared by groups involving Local Authorities,
the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) and local stakeholders
and communities to establish the Best Practicable Environmental Option
for Waste in each Area.
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