Over a million households recycle food waste as recycling grows

Over one million households in Scotland now have a service to collect and recycle their food waste.

28 Oct 13

Scots are recycling at home, at work, and when they are out and about, more than ever before and the latest official statistics for all household waste in 2012 released today show steady progress in recycling rates.

In addition, new figures revealing the number of households in Scotland with access to a food waste collection service have been released by Zero Waste Scotland. This shows that 1,024,553 households now have a service, with 474,937 of these having started this year.  

Zero Waste Scotland has invested £20m with councils to help them introduce collections of food waste since 2010.  This is one of a number of measures being taken to increase recycling in Scotland, including communications initiatives with councils and work to increase recycling from businesses and in public places.  

New waste regulations which come into force in January 2014 will make it compulsory for all businesses in Scotland to recycle key materials including food waste and Zero Waste Scotland is managing a national awareness campaign for this.

In addition, £2million has been invested in trials of recycling incentive schemes and other recycling facilities in public places, with almost 3,000 new recycling points installed in the last year. 

Iain Gulland said:


“The progress on recycling last year shows a clear continued commitment to working towards zero waste in Scotland.

“Recycling at home is one simple way to make sure we can get value from the resources we use and make sure we’re not throwing away money and job opportunities.

“We are also working hard to increase recycling from businesses with new waste regulations coming into force in January, working towards the Scottish Government’s target for 70% recycling of all waste in Scotland by 2025.”

Today SEPA (Scottish Environment Protection Agency) also made available a new website to help see household waste arisings, waste type and management by each local authority and an overview of Scottish household waste totals since 2004.



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