From SEPA figures in Scottish Field today:
‘More and more Scots are doing their bit for the environment. Scottish recycling, composting and re-use of waste from all sources has rocketed past the 60% milestone for the first time. In 2016, 6.96 million tonnes (61%) of waste was recycled, composted or prepared for re-use, over half a million tonnes more than in 2015. Total waste generated in Scotland fell by over half a million tonnes (0.53m tonnes) since 2015, with Scotland achieving the lowest quantity of waste being landfilled since 2011 – a 10.3% decrease from 2015.’
From the BBC in March 2018:
‘Recycling rates of councils serving 14 million households in England have fallen over five years, analysis by BBC News has found. Half of local authorities recycled a lower proportion of household waste in 2016-17 than in 2011-12. Experts warn the UK is likely to miss its target of recycling 50% of household rubbish by 2020.’
What could explain this difference? Could it be anything to do with the parties in power at Holyrood and in Westminster. Is it more to do with local authority compliance? Remind me, does the SNP have any part to play in central or local government anywhere? Is it because of Ruth Davidson?