Warn­ing that re­cy­cling tar­gets could be missed

The Herald on Sunday - - NEWS -

GOVERN­MENT tar­gets for house­hold re­cy­cling will be “sig­nif­i­cantly” missed if cur­rent trends con­tinue, ac­cord­ing to op­po­si­tion anal­y­sis.

The Scot­tish Con­ser­va­tives say the per­cent­age of re­cy­cled house­hold waste has only risen from 40.1% to 45.6% be­tween 2011 and 2017, with a na­tional tar­get set at 60% by 2020.

If an­nual in­creases con­tinue in the same trend, it will take un­til 2032 to meet the tar­get, the Tories said.

The fig­ures come as the op­po­si­tion party plans to use next week in the Scot­tish Par­lia­ment to high­light en­vi­ron­men­tal is­sues.

Mau­rice Golden, Scot­tish Con­ser­va­tive en­vi­ron­ment spokesman, said: “The SNP ap­pear to have no abil­ity to sub­stan­tially im­prove house­hold re­cy­cling and would rather bury waste in the ground, ex­port to China or burn it.

“The Scot­tish Con­ser­va­tives will this week fo­cus at­ten­tion on ways to im­prove the en­vi­ron­ment and cre­ate a cleaner, greener Scot­land.

“The SNP must dra­mat­i­cally in­crease our re­cy­cling rate and en­sure that Scot­land is play­ing its part in tack­ling cli­mate change.”

A Scot­tish Govern­ment spokes­woman said: “This claim ig­nores the re­al­ity of ma­jor pol­icy ini­tia­tives such as the forth­com­ing de­posit re­turn scheme which is widely ex­pected to im­prove re­cy­cling rates sig­nif­i­cantly.

“Past trends are there­fore not a re­li­able guide to the fu­ture rate of re­cy­cling. What is more, we have seen good progress on re­cy­cling of waste from all sources to date, which reached 61% this year, an in­crease of 4.6%.”

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