Environment minister Ross Finnie said:
'All councils now have double-digit recycling rates and I would like to thank them for the work that has gone into providing recycling facilities.
'I also want to say thank you to the public for taking the time to recycle. These figures demonstrate we are learning to live within our environmental means. Everyone can play their part, but I want to see further improvements and I'll continue to work closely with councils, and others, to give people across Scotland the opportunity to reduce, reuse and recycle.'
The latest recycling/composting statistics are available on the SEPA website. They show that 24.4% of municipal waste was recycled/composted in the rolling year April 2005 to March 2006, up from 17.3% in April 2004 to March 2005.
In the quarter from January to March 2006, we recycled/composted 22.2%. The equivalent figures from SEPA for the quarter from January to March 2005 were that we recycled/composted 17.3%.
Figures for the quarter of January to March 2006 are down slightly on the figures from the previous quarter, October-December 2005. (23.7%)
Quarterly returns on waste are subject to significant seasonal variation. Figures for the quarter July - September 2005, Scotland recycled or composted 25.1 per cent. There is less composting of green waste in the winter months. See: http:www.scotland.gov.uk/News/Releases/2006/02/06095615
Latest results from the Scottish Household Survey show that in the first quarter of 2006, 79% of households reported recycling paper, glass, plastic or cans in the previous month. Scottish Household Survey data can be found at: http:www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2006/08/shsqtr106spn