Scots set targets for using recycled goods

On 24 November, the Scottish Executive became the first UK administration to set targets to boost the use of recycled products.

The targets are similar to those proposed in a consultation paper last year (ENDS Report 367, p 30 ).

They require at least 90%, by value, of centrally coordinated public procurement contracts that relate to building projects and paper supplies to have minimum levels of recycled content in the tender specifications.

In the case of paper, these should be 100% for tissue products and 50% for printing and writing paper products.

Ten per cent of the value of materials used on a building project should derive from recycled content. But this target will now only apply to projects worth more than £1 million.

The targets will apply from the beginning of 2007/08, 12 months later than proposed.

According to the Waste and Resources Action Programme, councils in Glasgow, Dundee, South Ayrshire and Aberdeen already specify at least 10% recycled content in building projects at no extra cost. WRAP is holding several free workshops and is developing guidance and evaluation tools to help others follow their lead.1

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