HC Deb 06 March 1996 vol 273 c266W
Mrs. Ray Michie

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland (1) what was the percentage of household waste recycled for each year in Scotland over the past five years; and if he will make a statement regarding the target of recycling 25 per cent. of all household waste by the end of the century; [18279]

(2) which Scottish local authorities currently operate recycling schemes; and what was the expenditure for each. [18280]

Mr. Kynoch

The table shows the reported rate of household waste collected for recycling over the four-year period 1990 to 1993 in the form of a percentage of all household waste.

Household waste collected for recycling (percentage of all household waste)
1989 No data
1990 2.5
1991 3.3
1992 3.9
1993 4.1

As regards the target of recycling 25 per cent. of all household waste in the UK by the end of the century, it should be noted that provision of local recycling facilities is a matter for local authorities and the private and voluntary sectors. The Government's initiative on producer responsibility for waste packaging will play a key role in developing local infrastructure and encouraging higher rates of recycling, together with other factors, such as the rising costs of waste disposal, including the proposed landfill tax, and improved markets for secondary raw materials.

There are recycling activities in all district and islands councils areas. There are no current data available on expenditure relating to these schemes.