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Moray residents win praise for recycling efforts


By Staff Reporter


MORAY’S recycling rate has been revealed as among the best in Scotland.

Statistics released today by the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA)­ ranked Moray as fourth out of Scotland's 32 local authorities.

The figures showed that 57.4 per cent of household waste was recycled in 2018, and the amount of household waste generated in the region reduced by more than three times the national figure.

Moray residents have won praise for their efforts to recycle after figures revealed the area is performing well nationally.
Moray residents have won praise for their efforts to recycle after figures revealed the area is performing well nationally.

Across Scotland, the total amount of household waste generated decreased by 2 per cent from 2017.

But in Moray, the amount of waste generated fell by 6.9 per cent from 51,090 tonnes in 2017 to 47,552 tonnes in 2018.

According to SEPA, several authorities attributed reductions in waste generated to a move from fortnightly to three-weekly waste collections.

Ahead of Recycling Week, which begins on September 23, chair of Moray Council’s economic development and infrastructure committee, Councillor Graham Leadbitter, praised the efforts of households in Moray.

Cllr Leadbitter said: "We’ve one of the most comprehensive kerbside recycling collections in Scotland, and I’m pleased to see residents are making the most of this.

"Changing to three-weekly collections for the green bin has made us all think more about improving our recycling, as well as how much waste we’re generating.

"I’m particularly proud that households in Moray reduced the amount of waste they generated by more than three times the Scottish figure, saving more than £311,000 in landfill tax if this was put in the green bin.

"I’d encourage everyone to keep up the momentum, so we can reach the Scottish Government’s target of 60 per cent of household waste to be recycled in 2020."



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