60% of recyclable household waste being sent to landfill in Scotland

Pressure is mounting on householders to recycle in Scotland with figures showing local authorities are losing more than £50m in unnecessary landfill tax

Some 670,000 tonnes of recyclables are being unnecessarily landfilled, costing councils an extra £54m. Photograph: Macor/123RFAlmost two thirds of waste that ends up in non-recyclable waste bins in Scottish households could have been recycled, according to a report from Zero Waste Scotland.

The report, published on 26 December, finds that on average, 60% of what goes in the non-recyclable landfill bin could have been recycled instead using existing household recycling services provided by local councils.

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