Half of Scottish councils sign up to consistent recycling


A consistent recycling system is being introduced in 16 of Scotland’s 32 councils.

Half of the local authorities in the country have now signed up to the Scottish Household Recycling Charter that sees paper collected in one receptacle, plastics and metals in another, and glass in another container.


This charter was a key recommendation from the Zero Waste Taskforce, which was a joint initiative between Scottish Ministers and the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA).

Scottish Environment Secretary Rosanna Cunningham (pictured) said: “The Scottish Household Recycling Charter is one of the key elements at the heart of Scotland’s first circular economy strategy Making Things Last, which we published in February this year. We want Scotland to make the most of its resources, and as more councils make this commitment, we should see Scottish householders recycling more, while producing a better quality of recyclate for reprocessing.

“The consistent approach to recycling can deliver genuine efficiencies and cost savings to both individual councils and to local government as a whole. I’m hugely encouraged by the progress that’s been made since Falkirk Council became the first to sign the Charter in February; now we have 16 local authorities – half of all Scottish councils.

“The success so far is down to partnership working and I applaud the effort put in by COSLA and Inverclyde Council in particular, who’ve shown fantastic leadership. We’ve already made great progress since the Charter was launched in December, but we can do more and I heartily encourage other Scottish councils to sign up and help us take this next step towards a circular economy in Scotland.”