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More must be done to acheive zero-waste Scotland

November 28, 2011 2:49 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Figures have been published which show that Scottish households recycled around 44% of their household waste between April and June 2011.

Jim Hume MSPJim Hume MSPScottish Liberal Democrats believe in a zero-waste Scotland and local authorities under Lib Dem control have achieved recycling rates higher than the national average, including 70% in some parts of Fife.

Commenting on the figures, Environment spokesperson Jim Hume MSP said:

"Good progress has been made in boosting recycling in all of Scotland's local authorities. It is good news that some local authorities have even reached over a 50% rate of recycling.

"Scottish Liberal Democrats share the ambition for a zero waste Scotland but if we are to achieve this, more needs to be done to encourage recycling.

"Business and households need to have easily accessible and local recycling facilities if the rate of recycling is going to increase.

"There also lacks a consistent recycling rate across local authorities. The Environment Minister needs to investigate this and work with local councils to boost recycling ventures, bringing benefits to local communities now and for the future."