More than £13 million has been awarded to local authorities to improve recycling across the country.
Nine local authorities are the latest to successfully bid for support from the Scottish Government’s Recycling Improvement Fund, bringing the total investment so far to £20 million.
These include the Western Isles which was awarded £784,458 for the expansion of collection services and an electric vehicle, and Edinburgh which was awarded £7,698,200 for the upgrade and expansion of recycling collection services.
The Scottish government said the investment so far could reduce CO2 emissions by 21,400 tonnes each year – the equivalent of removing 11,400 cars from the road.
The Recycling Improvement Fund will total £70 million over five years.
Circular Economy Minister Lorna Slater said: “This is one of the largest investments in recycling in Scotland in a generation.
“By providing the necessary support to modernize local recycling infrastructure, we can help local authorities improve their recycling performance.
“Not only will this make it easier for families to recycle more – it will also make a significant contribution to meeting Scotland’s ambitious climate goals.
“I look forward to delivering these projects to local communities and the environment, and to see further innovative ideas from local authorities on how they can use this fund to improve recycling in their area.
“We also want to see that the material remains in use for as long as possible before being recycled. To help do that, we will also introduce an ambitious circular economy bill during this parliament.”
Other local authorities awarded funding in the latest round are West Lothian, Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire, North Ayrshire, Midlothian, Dundee and Clackmanshire.
This comes after the first round of funding was announced in mid-November, with awards awarded to seven local authorities.
Commenting on the latest round, Ian Gulland, Chief Executive Officer, Zero Waste Scotland, said: “These awards represent a major new development in Scotland’s recycling story, with nine more impressive projects from across Scotland that make the most of our resources. raises, promotes recycling and the circular economy.
“We are impressed by the councils’ thinking and look forward to bringing forward even more transformative projects next year.”
The Scottish Government said the Recycling Improvement Fund would bring a step change in Scotland’s recycling performance and help local authorities prepare for future developments, including Scotland’s refund scheme.
Councilor Steven Heidel, spokesman for the Scottish Local Authorities for Environment and Economy (KOSLA), said: “Local government in Scotland is fully committed to combating climate change and supporting the Just Transition to a net zero society.”
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