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Scottish recycling, composting and re-use of waste from all sources has rocketed past the 60% milestone for the first time. That was the key finding of Official Statistics published on 29th May 2018 by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA).

Food recycling and anaerobic digestion increased 20% from 2015 – a 78.1% increase since 2011. Lowest quantity of Scottish waste landfilled since 2011.

In 2016, 6.96 million tonnes (61%) of waste was recycled, composted or prepared for re-use, over half a million tonnes more than in 2015.

In case you haven't seen the  Environment Agency communication on China Waste Import Ban: Local Issues - here it is in full 

Working towards a better understanding of REUSE

22 May 2018 |
LARAC Office and Craig Anderson, Reuse Network

The Reuse Network (the rebranded FRN)  is in the middle of a launch campaign to try to push the UK public to better understand reuse and to help them realise that they can donate large household items to local charities.  Like other areas such as recycling, donations from the general public have recently flat-lined and are even decreasing in the reality of a pinched economy.  Reuse Network is reaching out to local authorities who may not be running bulky waste schemes, or who are looking to discontinue established schemes, to see if they can work together with local charities to provide a B

LARAC responds to HM Treasury consultation on plastics

16 May 2018 |
Dianne Hewgill, LARAC Policy Support Officer

LARAC has responded to the HM Treasury call for evidence on ‘Tackling the plastic problem’. The consultation explores how changes to the tax system or charging could be used to reduce single use plastics and what further economic incentives may be effective.