SEPA figures show rise in recycling rates
Feb 16, 2010 No Comments
New figures published by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) show that recycling and composting rates across Scotland rose to 35.9 per cent for the year October 2008 to September 2009 – up 3 per cent from previous figures.
Figures for the second quarter of 2009/10 – July to September – showed a further increase, with 39 per cent of waste being reused.
This means that the national target of 30 per cent recycling by 2008 has now been met. In addition to this, 18 of the country’s 32 local authorities are hitting the Scottish Government target of recycling 40 per cent of waste by the end of 2010 ahead of time. The Scottish Government plans to give the 14 local authorities yet to meet the target a share of £7m in an attempt to help them do so by the end of the year.
Scotland is also sending less waste to landfill, with the 1.20 million tonne total sent coming in under the 1.32m tonne limit set for Scotland for 2009/10 by the European Commission’s Landfill Directive.
In June this year, Holyrood will hold a conference on implementing waste policy – a topic which is causing concern across local authorities as the finances tighten.