Recycling saves councils £20m

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Councils save more than £20 million a year because of household recycling, new figures reveal.

Zero Waste Scotland, the Scottish Government-funded organisation set up to promote recycling, has estimated the saving based on the amount households already recycle through kerbside collections.

This is calculated by comparing recycled material collection and disposal costs with the costs of sending the equivalent weight to landfill.

Meanwhile, environment secretary Richard Lochhead has launched the government’s latest recycling campaign.

He said: “It’s far better that we invest money in frontline services than bury it in landfill, so it’s great news that Scotland’s recycling effort saves our local authorities £20m each year.

“Our recycling campaign aims to encourage people to recycle more, more often. Latest figures show Scotland’s households already recycle nearly 44 per cent of waste but there’s a lot more we could all be doing.”