Reporting Scotland’s shock admission – ‘Every day of every year we produce rubbish’


(c) BBC

On 5th June, 2018, at about 6.45pm, Jackie Bird moans:

‘Around eleven million pounds is being wasted in Scotland because plastic is sent to landfill rather than being recycled.’

Then Kevin Keane warns us that it is ‘littering our streets’ and causing ‘damage to wildlife’ before offering me this lovely headline, ‘Every day of every year, we produce rubbish.’

He goes on to remind us that ‘it costs councils huge amounts of money’ and that that is even ‘perverse’ before slipping in a grudging wee optimistic note with ‘We do seem to be doing more with recycling rates of 61%.’

As is often the case with BBC Scotland, the 61% figure is not put into any kind of context so that we might judge our progress. Luckily, the BBC UK website in March 2018 noted:

‘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.’

Every day of every year, those non-Scottish households and local authorities are rubbish. So, it looks as if maybe we might be getting on quite well, producing less rubbish than others. From SEPA figures in Scottish Field on 29th May, we got a more encouraging report than the rubbish on Revolting Scotland:

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.’

Does watching Reeking Scotland just makes you feel a bit rubbish?

3 thoughts on “Reporting Scotland’s shock admission – ‘Every day of every year we produce rubbish’

  1. Zander June 6, 2018 / 1:42 pm

    Nice one John that headline made me choke on my bap as read it😂

    Liked by 2 people

    • johnrobertson834 June 6, 2018 / 3:29 pm

      Thanks. It made a wee light bulb appear between my ears. At least you didn’t piss in your pants. I’m hoping someone did.

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  2. Golfnut June 7, 2018 / 8:44 am

    The bbc are the tops when it comes to recycling rubbish, sometimes the same rubbish is recycled 6/7 times before I’ve even had my breakfast, top class rubbish recyclers.

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