Scotland invests in recycling

Circular economy

United KingdomMore than £13 million has been allocated to local authorities in Scotland to increase the quantity and quality of recycling.

Nine more local authorities have been successful in their bids for funding from the Scottish Government’s Recycling Improvement Fund, bringing the total investment to £20 million.

The fund, which will be worth £70 million over five years, will significantly improve Scotland’s recycling performance while also assisting local governments in preparing for future developments such as Scotland’s Deposit Return Scheme.

To date, the investment has the potential to reduce CO2 emissions by up to 21,400 tonnes per year, which is the equivalent of taking 11,400 cars off the road.

Circular Economy Minister Lorna Slater said: “This is one of the biggest investments in recycling in Scotland in a generation. By providing the support that’s needed to modernize local recycling infrastructure, we can help local authorities significantly improve their recycling performance.

“We also want to see materials remain in use for as long as possible before they are recycled. To help make that happen, we will also be introducing an ambitious Circular Economy Bill during this parliament.”