JULY 2009

Recycling rate in Scotland continues upward trend

Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) released figures that show that Scotland’s annual recycling and composting rate rose to 33.5 percent for the year January to December 2008, exceeding the Scottish Government’s target of 30 percent for 2008. The next target is 40 percent by the end of 2010.

A total of 1.29 million tons of biodegradable municipal waste was sent to landfill in Scotland in 2008. This is already below the 1.32 million tons limit set for Scotland by the European Commission.

Progress is also being made towards meeting the Scottish Government’s target of stopping the growth of municipal solid waste by the end of 2010.