Only nine Scottish councils met the Scottish government target to recycle more than 50 percent of its household waste in 2012, while 23 failed to meet the target of recycling 50 percent by 2013.
The Scottish Government’s long-term aim is to recycle 70 percent of Scotland’s waste by 2025.
At the top of the Scottish recycling league, Clackmannanshire recycled most, at 55 percent. Shetland Council recycled the lowest, at just 13.5 percent, however, was among the most improved, recycling seven percent more waste than 2011.
Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead – “Building on and accelerating this progress is a priority for the Scottish government, as it is for local authorities, and that is why we’ve invested £20m to help local authorities roll out food waste collections to households across the country”
Area including Orkney, Shetland, the Borders and Renfrewshire, recycled less in 2012 than 2011.
Despite missing its 50 percent target, figures released by SEPA show that households recycled 41.2 percent of their waste on average in 2012, up 1.1 percent on the previous year.
Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead said: “Today’s figures show that over half of Scotland’s local authorities are above the national recycling average, with nine already hitting the 50 percent target – two more than last year. We can also see that Scottish households produced 100,000 tonnes less waste than last year.
“Building on and accelerating this progress is a priority for the Scottish government, as it is for local authorities, and that is why we’ve invested £20m to help local authorities roll out food waste collections to households across the country.
“The Scottish government will continue to seek the advice of Zero Waste Scotland on what other initiatives can be taken forward to improve Scotland’s recycling performance, including a national deposit-return scheme.”
“We commend Scotland’s ambition on recycling and it is extremely encouraging to see that over a quarter of Scottish councils have hit the 50 percent target. However, others still have a long way to go and there is no room for complacency,” said CIWM chief executive Steve Lee.
“We wait to see the impact of Scottish Government’s funding to support food waste collections but these should not be seen as the universal panacea. Improving the recycling rate for dry recyclables must remain a priority for underperforming councils; these waste streams deliver equally important environmental and economic benefits. It should also be recognised that some councils that face particularly challenging circumstances may require additional support to reach the 50% target.
“The 1 percent rise between 2011 and 2012 in Scotland echoes the wider slowdown on recycling that we are seeing across the UK. It should serve as a reminder to all governments that now is not the time to ease off the accelerator and that maintaining momentum on recycling requires ambition and vision.”
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