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Aileen Campbell MSP has responded positively to the announcement by the Scottish Government that extra resources will be provided to Councils to help reach the nations 50 per cent recycling target.

Scotland’s Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead, speaking at the Scottish Waste and Resources Conference, announced that ?1.2 million of additional funding would be available between now and April 2013 to help councils meet their commitments by the end of 2013.

The new cash will be available specifically for funding improvements to Household Waste Recycling Centres and for increasing collections of glass from households.

The funds will be administered by Zero Waste Scotland, the Scottish Government’s delivery partner. This is in addition to ?5 million already made available through Zero Waste Scotland this year to support household food waste collections.

Aileen commented:

"I’m very pleased with this announcement. The Scottish Government’s vision for zero waste is a long-term ambition, but getting to the point where the majority of our household waste is recycled will be a major milestone, especially considering that before devolution the nations recycling rate was just 5 per cent.

"As well as protecting the environment, by increasing our recycling rates, we will also help keep valuable material circulating in our economy - thus helping to create more jobs and business opportunities.

"I know the people of Clydesdale want to recycle more, but I also appreciate that that in some areas it can be challenging. This additional funding should provide further opportunities to develop additional infrastructure and I will be writing to South Lanarkshire Council to reinforce my support.

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