Scottish, Welsh recycling increases

The amount of municipal waste recycled or composted in Scotland rose from 9.6% to 12.3% in 2003/04, according to data released by the Accounts Commission in February.1

The increase leaves Scotland with much to do if it is to reach its target to recycle 25% of municipal waste by 2006. Statutory recycling targets for councils for 2005/06 are due to be announced shortly.

Councils also have a tough task to meet the target to reduce the amount of landfilled biodegradable municipal waste to 1.5 million tonnes by 2006. The amount rose slightly in 2003/04 from 1.78 million to 1.8 million tonnes.

Angus had the highest recycling rate at 25.1%, while Dumfries and Galloway - which recently signed a long-term contract with Shanks - was bottom with 3.8%.

  • Wales met its target to recycle or compost 15% of municipal waste by 2003/04, achieving 16.25%. Councils must achieve 25% by 2006/07 and 40% by 2009/10.

    Powys was the top performer with a recycling rate of 28%. Neath Port Talbot, recording 10%, had the lowest rate. Some 13 councils exceeded the national target and nine failed to achieve it.

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