Vow to improve recycling rates
Aberdeen council chiefs have vowed recycling figures will improve after latest statistics show collections rose just half a percent in a year in the city.
Figures from the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency showed that just 39% of waste was recycled in the Granite City in 2016 – up just 0.5% from 2015.
The average for Scottish councils was 45.2%.
But last night a council spokeswoman said following a rollout of new environmentally friendly bin collections that rates were set to improve for 2016.
She said: “The recycling figures for 2016 show a modest improvement in recycling rates for the city and there was a major transformation of collections undertaken in March and April this year. As a result, we anticipate the results for 2017 will show a significant improvement thanks to the efforts of householders across the city to make full use of the new recycling services. In relation to the city’s recycling targets compared to the aspirational targets set by Scottish Government, the city’s strategy reflects the reality that cities across the world find achieving very high recycling rates in comparison to other less densely populated areas.
“The targets set by the city match or exceed those of the highest performing cities in the UK or Europe.”
“There was a major transformation of collections”