§ Mr. McQuarrie
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he has issued any recommendations to Scottish local authorities on the setting up of bottle banks and the recycling of glass bottles; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Allan Stewart
This has not been necessary as local authorities are well aware of the potential benefits to be gained from such schemes. Some 30 Scottish district councils are already making use of them and others are considering whether to participate.
It is our policy to encourage the recycling and reclamation of wastes, wherever it is practicable and economic to do so. We therefore welcome the Glass Manufacturers Federation's commitment to expand the bottle bank scheme during glass recycling year.