The Scottish Government and the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (Cosla) have launched a new system will make it easier for people to recycle, improve the quality of recycling and help local communities reap the benefits of a more circular economy.
Scotland's environment secretary Richard Lochhead announced that the new Household Recycling Charter and associated Code of Practice was developed and agreed on by the Scottish Government-COSLA Zero Waste Taskforce.
It includes a new three-stream recycling system, which will include one container for glass, one for paper and card, and one for metals and plastics, together with existing food waste and residual collections. Over time, the intention is to move to a common colour system.
Lochhead said: “This new consistent approach will sweep away the confusion that we all face every time we come across yet another difficult recycling system. It will maximise the quantity and quality of materials captured, and allow us to give consistent national messages about what people should do with their recycling, wherever they are in Scotland.
“This is a huge opportunity for Scotland, and as I set out in my circular economy consultation, I intend to align Scottish Government and Zero Waste Scotland support for recycling with the Scottish Household Recycling Charter.”
Councils can sign up to the voluntary charter from January. After signing the charter they will receive support from Zero Waste Scotland in developing plans to introduce the new system.
The Packaging Recycling Group Scotland (PRGS), consisting of 34 leading food and drink companies and industry bodies, backed the Recycling Charter.
Jane Bickerstaffe, spokesperson for The Packaging Recycling Group Scotland, said: “PRGS welcomes the decision of the Scottish Government and Cosla to work together and build on the success of current recycling systems.
“Through working in partnership, the Household Recycling Charter will bring Scotland a step closer to becoming a leader in sustainability. We believe that strengthening and integrating current recycling systems is the most effective way to boost recycling rates throughout the country.”