Official statistics have been published by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) which shows that local authorities in Scotland have recycled 42.8% of household waste collected in 2014.
Data for every one of Scotland’s 32 local authorities are available on SEPA’s website along with the figures and an additional commentary for the whole of Scotland.
For the first time, composted wastes which did not reach the quality standards set by PAS 100/110 during 2014 have been accounted for as “Other diversion from landfill” and not as waste recycled.
If such waste was included, as in the previous method, the overall recycling rate in 2014 would have been 43.6%, compared with 42.2% achieved in 2013 and 41.2% achieved in 2012.
Data on household waste generation and management are collected to monitor policy effectiveness, particularly the commitments in the Zero Waste Plan and to support policy development.
In Aberdeenshire, 131,390 tonnes of household waste were generated in 2014, of which 52,479 tonnes were recycled.
This represents 39.9% of household waste which was collected in Aberdeenshire last year being recycled - almost three percentage points lower than the Scottish national average of 42.8%.
Commenting, Chairman of Aberdeenshire Council’s Infrastructure Services Committee, Councillor David Aitchison, said: “I’m very pleased that Aberdeenshire Council’s household recycling rates have improved year-on-year since 2011.
“A new system of co-mingled recycling is now in place and has made recycling more convenient allowing materials to be collected together in the same wheeled bin and food waste to be collected in an outdoor caddy which is clean and easier to use.
“This system has significantly improved recycling performance and has proved popular with residents, and I’m looking forward to seeing how the service continues to improve recycling rates across Aberdeenshire.”