Highlands and Islands Greens
Highlands and Islands Greens

MSP Welcomes Islands Recycling Boost

Wednesday, May 26th, 2004

Highlands & Islands MSP Eleanor Scott today welcomed a multi-million pound boost for recycling in Orkney, Shetland and the Western Isles.

Almost £15 million from the Scottish Executive Strategic Waste Fund over the next 15 years will help increase recycling facilities and reduce waste going to landfill. (1)

Dr Scott said, “I very much welcome this much-needed investment in recycling.  I hope this cash injection will make it possible for more people to recycle and to reduce the amount of waste they produce – itʼs clear that people will do this if given the opportunity and the facilities.

“While recycling is important in reducing waste to landfill, it is even more important to work towards a zero waste policy – that is, minimising waste at every stage of production and consumption so that we use fewer resources and make the most of those we do use.

“Though Shetland, with its particular geographical situation, has chosen to go down the line of waste incineration with energy recovery, this does not lessen the need for more recycling, composting and, above all, waste reduction.”

Orkney (with over £4·2 million) will expand kerbside collections, run a waste prevention scheme and open two new recycling sites.  Shetland (over £5·8 million) will run a waste prevention scheme, expand current recycling sites and introduce kerbside collection in Lerwick and Scalloway.  In the Western Isles, over £4 million will be used to expand current bring sites and introduce kerbside collections in Stornoway.


(1) See [obsolete URL: www.scottishexecutive.gov.uk/pages/news/2004/05/SEen869w.aspx]


(Note: this item was originally published on Eleanor Scott’s Parliamentary website.)