Re­cy­cling tar­gets to be missed by 12 years

The Sunday Post (Dundee) - - NEWS -

Tar­gets for house­hold re­cy­cling will be “sig­nif­i­cantly” missed if cur­rent trends con­tinue, it has been claimed.

The Scot­tish Con­ser­va­tives said the per­cent­age of re­cy­cled house­hold waste has only risen from 40.1% to 45.6% be­tween 2011 and 2017.

The anal­y­sis claims if the same trend con­tin­ues, it will take un­til 2032 to meet the na­tional of tar­get of 60% by 2020.

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

Mau­rice Golden, Scot­tish Con­ser­va­tive en­vi­ron­ment spokesman, said the SNP ap­peared to have “no abil­ity” to sub­stan­tially im­prove house­hold re­cy­cling.

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

But the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment said the claim ig­nored ma­jor pol­icy ini­tia­tives such as the forth­com­ing de­posit re­turn scheme for bot­tles and cans and past trends were “not a re­li­able guide” to the fu­ture.

The Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment added: “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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