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Food waste reduction target for Scotland

Richard Lochhead the Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Rural affairs announced that the Scottish Government will set a target for the reduction of food waste. Speaking at the Scottish Resource Conference, Mr Lochhead said progress has been made but more needs to be done and Scotland intends to introduce a target which will be the first of its kind in Europe. He outlined that since 2009 avoidable food waste in Scotland has reduced by 8% with savings of £92million per year. More details on the target will be released as part of the circular economy strategy due out later this year.

The Scottish Government's Circular Economy consultation is currently running and REA are planning to respond to it. More details HERE.

SEPA household waste recycling figures
In addition SEPA have released recent recycling figures which show a slight increase in Scotland’s recycling rate – reaching 42.8 per cent in 2014 – whilst the total amount of household waste generated that year was 2.46 million tonnes. That’s a drop of 18 per cent since 2007 when 3 million tonnes of household waste were generated. For the first time, composted wastes which did not reach the quality standards set by PAS 100/110 during 2014 have been accounted for as "Other diversion from landfill” and not as waste recycled. If such waste was included, as in the previous method, the overall recycling rate in 2014 would have been 43.6%, compared with 42.2% achieved in 2013 and 41.2% achieved in 2012.

More details HERE.

Published: 13/10/2015
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