Three Scottish local councils will see an increase in recycling services as a result of a £3.4 million investment from Holyrood’s Recycling Improvement Fund.

The initiatives that will get money in Aberdeen City, Perth and Kinross, and Renfrewshire Council have the potential to cut CO2 emissions by over 8,000 tonnes per year, which is the equivalent of removing over 4,400 vehicles off the road.

The fund, which will be worth £70 million over five years, has already helped fifteen local councils.

‘Recycling has a big role to play in Scotland’s response to the climate challenge,’ said circular economy minister Lorna Slater. Our £70 million Recycling Improvement Fund represents one of Scotland’s largest investments in recycling and reuse in a generation.

‘Projects financed by the fund will help hundreds of thousands of people in Scotland by making it simpler for households to recycle and increasing local recycling rates.’

COSLA Environment and Economy spokesman Cllr Gail Macgregor stated: ‘It is at the forefront of our thinking to make it simpler to live well locally and to do the ‘right’ thing when it comes to garbage, recycling, and reuse. We aim to have clear and effective mechanisms in place that constantly increase recycling and garbage processing in our local communities.

‘Local government is fully committed to combatting climate change and supporting the Just Transition to a net zero society. We need to tackle this with the same urgency as we have tackled COVID, which is why the Recycling Improvement Fund is so important.’

Iain Gulland, chief executive of Zero Waste Scotland, said  to Local Gov: ‘This latest round of Recycling Improvement Fund investment from the Scottish Government signifies the continuous commitment to improving Scotland’s recycling infrastructure. Through our Charter for Household Recycling, councils have pledged to bring in consistent and comprehensive recycling services across Scotland.

‘It’s fantastic to see support for such innovative projects that will help achieve this goal. Recycling as much as possible will help to address climate change, so we want to make this process as simple, and effective, as possible for the citizens of Scotland.’

Source: Local Gov

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