Scotland on track to meet modest recycling targets
The Scottish Parliament has released figures showing the country is likely to recycle 25% of domestic waste by 2006, the self-imposed target set in its National Waste Plan.The figures show a steady rise in recycling but fail to conceal the fact that Scotland still has one of the lowest recycling rates in Western Europe.
The statistics show a rise in recycling of municipal waste from 16.6% in April-June 2004 to 23.9% this the same quarter this year.
The bulk of the increase is put down to improved recycling facilities for householders.
Scottish Environment Minister Ross Finnie said: "The Scottish Executive's Strategic Waste Fund has made it easier for householders to recycle/compost waste through new facilities provided by Local Authorities.
"Householders in return have responded positively to that opportunity.
"We are making good progress towards our 2006 target of 25% but we cannot rest on our laurels.
"The Scottish Executive, Local Authorities and individual householders must continue to work together in order to achieve our ambitious 30% target for 2008."
By Sam Bond