Date lodged: 30 May 2018
To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on what progress it is making in encouraging waste recycling.
Answered by: Humza Yousaf 7 June 2018
Through Zero Waste Scotland we continue to engage with Scottish local authorities, businesses and the public, providing advice, guidance and funding to support recycling.
Data released last week by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency for 2016, clearly indicates the significant progress that is being made in Scotland. Over 61% of the total waste produced in Scotland was recycled, composted or prepared for re-use, an increase of over half a million tonnes from 2015, There was 10% less waste generated in Scotland in 2016 compared to 5 years before, indicating that our waste prevention strategy is being effective. I would also draw attention to the fact that 32.7% of all waste produced in Scotland was sent to landfill, the lowest ever figure.
These improved statistics have been driven by Scottish waste legislation which is amongst the most ambitious in Europe.