MORAY'S record on recycling has hit a new high – but more needs to be done if next year’s Scottish Government target is to be met.
Householders in Moray recycled 45.4% of waste in 2011-12, compared with 42.4% the previous year.
But that still leaves some way to go if the government’s target of 50% is to be achieved next year.
Although the volume of waste going to the landfill site at Dallachy has been steadily decreasing, Moray Council’s landfill tax bill for last year still came to nearly £2million.
Landfill tax is currently £64 per tonne and that is due to rise to £72 next year and £80 the year after.
The most recent waste audit carried out by council staff found half of the waste being deposited in green household bins should have gone for recycling.
Councillor Fiona Murdoch, chairman of the council’s economic development and infrastructure services committee, said a joint commitment was needed from the council and local residents if the challenging recycling targets were to be met.
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