Date lodged: 7 September 2016
To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to encourage the recycling of household waste.
Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham 14 September 2016
In February 2016 published ‘Making Things Last’, our circular economy strategy for Scotland. It sets out our ambitions and priorities to keep products and materials in high value use for as long as possible. This includes measures promoting remanufacture, repair and recycling.
In December 2015 we launched the Household Recycling Charter, to achieve more consistent local collections, improving quantity and quality of recycling. We believe this will make it easier for people to recycle the right things, and we've put in place support to help Councils with that work.
For example, between 2011 and 2015, funding of around £25million was made available to councils to support start-up costs of introducing food waste collections. Three quarters of all households in Scotland now have access to a food waste collection service, up from 300,000 in 2010.
The Waste (Scotland) Regulations 2012 require separate collection of dry recyclable materials and food waste. As well as introducing these regulations, we are taking a range of actions to support and encourage recycling.