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£13m Scottish Government funding to improve council recycling

More than £13m has been awarded to local authorities to increase the quantity and quality of recycling in Scotland.

Nine more local authorities have successfully bid for support from the Scottish Government’s Recycling Improvement Fund, bringing the total investment to date to £20m.

The fund, which will total £70m over five years, will deliver a step change in Scotland’s recycling performance and help local authorities get ready for future developments, including Scotland’s Deposit Return Scheme.

The Scottish Government said that the investment to date could reduce CO2 emissions by as much as 21,400 tonnes each year, the equivalent of taking 11,400 cars off the road.

Commenting, the Scottish Government’s Minister for Green Skills, Circular Economy and Biodiversity, 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 modernise local recycling infrastructure, we can help local authorities significantly improve their recycling performance.

“That won’t just make it easier for households to recycle more, it will also make an important contribution to meeting Scotland’s ambitious climate targets.

“I look forward to seeing these projects deliver for local communities and the environment, and to further innovative ideas from local authorities on how they can utilise this fund to improve recycling in their area.

“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.”

COSLA’s Spokesperson for the Environment and Economy, Councillor Steven Heddle added:

“Local government in Scotland is fully committed to combatting climate change and supporting the just transition to a net zero society.

“A circular economy is an important part of this. The Recycling Improvement Fund projects announced today demonstrate the range of work and level of innovation undertaken by councils here. 

“We are keen to see the full fund supporting a wide range of projects in the next few years that make it easier for our citizens to recycle and reduce waste.”

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