The quality and quantity of Scotland’s recycling is being held back by contamination of the waste being sent to the country’s material recovery facilities (MRFs), according to the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA).
The UK is currently on course to meet recycling obligations for all key packaging materials, according to new figures, though the potential Chinese ban on some imports could see more price volatility on the horizon.
The European Parliament has voted to take on proposals to raise the European recycling target to 70 per cent by 2030 and to determine a single calculation method for recycling rates ahead of negotiations for the EU’s Circular Economy Package.
A new set of guidelines on recycling is hoping to clear up once and for all what materials can and can’t be recycled at the kerbside in an attempt to remove the confusion holding back recycling the UK.
The resources industry has welcomed the publication of a plan to introduce more consistent recycling across England in an attempt to increase participation and decrease contamination of kerbside recycling services.
The possibility of one consistent recycling system being used in Scotland is edging closer after the Scottish Government announced that half of the country’s councils have signed up to the Scottish Household Recycling Charter.