Scotland’s Recycling Exceeds Landfill For The First Time

Scotland’s authorities recorded a recycle and compost rate of 45.6% for household waste in 2017 – figures published by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency on 26 March, 2019 have indicated. This is a slight increase over the 45% recorded in 2016 – but councils still fall short of the target level set by Scottish Government of 50%. By comparison, councils in England hit a 44.8% recycling rate for the same period.


According to the data, Scottish households generated 2.46 million tonnes of waste in 2017, down from 38,153 tonnes (1.5% decrease) from 2016. Despite resulting in a fall in the volume of waste sent for recycling – down 2,800 tonnes to 1.12 million tonnes. This means that the total amount of waste recycled exceeded the amount landfilled (1.11 million tonnes) for the first time.

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This is good news for Scotland and a step in the right direction. However, much more needs to be done before targets are met. Terry A’Hearn, SEPA’s chief executive, stated: “The scale of the environmental challenge is enormous and we know that in Scotland we currently use the resources of three planets, but only have one.”

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