At the Bennadrove recycling facility near Stornoway, environment minister Ross Finnie said: 'The Scottish Executive is determined that Scotland moves to the top of the European recycling league. This funding will help ensure the Western Isles can play their part in Scotland achieving it's targets.
'Every month, recycling becomes easier for Scots with new and improved kerbside facilities, recycling bins and other services being provided across the country.
'By providing this substantial long-term funding we are helping Comhairle nan Eilean Siar meet their targets for waste minimisation, recycling and reduction in landfill.
'We are determined to provide Scots with much more sustainable ways of managing their waste.'
Over£230m in a three year period from 2003 is being invested in the Strategic Waste Fund.
These funds are being provided to local authorities to improve recycling and composting facilities.
To date nearly£562m has been awarded from the SWF to 30 local authorities to assist in the delivery of recycling projects to 2020.
The National Waste Plan was published on 24 February 2003 and sets out the executive's targets for sustainable waste management until 2020, including plans for segregated kerbside recycling waste collection in nine out of ten Scottish homes.