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It’s Recycle Week 2013

As Scotland celebrates its third annual Recycle Week, people in Scotland are being urged to consider the things they throw away both in the home, and when out and about or in the workplace.

17 Jun 13

The week, which runs from 17 – 23 June, offers the opportunity to launch or raise awareness of recycling initiatives, boost recycling rates and encourage everyone to recycle more.  Hundreds of partners have already signed up to take part, including local authorities, businesses, schools and community groups. 

Iain Gulland, Director, Zero Waste Scotland, said:

“Recycle Week highlights the importance of recycling wherever we are, and is a great time to reflect on how well Scotland is doing in using all the facilities on offer at home, through central collection points, when we’re at work, shopping or anywhere else.

“Scottish households are already helping to reduce landfill costs by £20 million a year by putting items to be recycled in their kerbside recycling collection.  We’ve seen councils introduce collections for materials such as plastic bottles, cans, and even food waste, and the support people in Scotland have shown for this is fantastic.

“However there’s still more we can do to help capture the value of unwanted materials.  Recycling when we’re away from the home could help us to move towards our zero waste ambitions.  In fact, if everyone in Scotland recycled just one extra can a month we could make carbon savings equivalent to making over 115 million cups of tea.

“Recycle Week offers a great opportunity for us all to join together and celebrate how far we’ve come already, and to make an extra effort to recycle more.”

Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead said:

“Scotland has made great progress in recycling and cutting waste in recent years thanks to the efforts of individuals, councils and businesses up and down the country. Before devolution Scotland’s recycling rate was under 5%. Scottish households now recycle over 40 per cent and we are already seeing the economic and environmental benefits.

“We have very high ambitions in this area. The Zero Waste Plan has set Scotland on the path to 70% recycling.  I know we can do even better and events like these are a great way to drive further progress. That’s why I want to pay tribute to all those making the effort to organise local action for Scotland’s Recycle Week.  And to urge anyone who can to take part – your efforts really do make a difference.”

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