New figures show that Scotland's household recycling efforts save local authorities more than £20m each year, according to the country's Environment Secretary, Richard Lochhead.
“It's far better that we invest money in frontline services rather than bury it in landfill so it's great news that Scotland's recycling effort saves our local authorities £20m each year,” said Lochhead during the launch of Scotland's latest environmental campaign.
“Figures show Scotland's households already recycle nearly 44% of waste but there's a lot more we could all be doing.”
Visitors to Edinburgh's largest shopping centre, Ocean Terminal, have been encouraged to try out the campaign's interactive recycling bank. They will be taken to locations across Scotland including university campuses and workplaces during the campaign to raise awareness of the benefits of recycling more.
Paul Gibson, operations manager at Ocean Terminal, said: “Ocean Terminal has sterling green credentials and we're fully committed to recycling. Last year we took the initiative to install recycle zones, which increased the amount we recycle by 21%.
“Small steps like recycling more cans, paper and plastics can have a big impact on our environment. The Scottish government campaign raises awareness of how important it is to recycle more and give things another life, and, as a business, we're delighted to be taking part."