Midlothian’s recycling triumph

Midlothian is one of the best at recycling household waste.

New figures released by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) show that more is being recycled in Scotland than ever before.

According to official statistics, from April to June 2011, 719,204 tonnes of household waste was created, of which 313,258 tonnes (43.6 per cent) was recycled or composted.

Midlothian households produced 11,878 tonnes of waste of which 6361 tonnes (53.6 per cent) was recycled or composted.

The county’s performance is the eighth best in Scotland. East Renfrewshire is top with 58.9 per cent.

This latest figures were collated using a new method of presenting Scotland’s household recycling performance. Under the old system, more than half of Midlothian’s household waste would still be recycled or composted.

Midlothian councillor Wilma Chalmers (Lab), spokesman for commercial operations, said: “The figures show our recycling rates are just over 53 per cent – almost 10 per cent higher than the Scottish average. While we are delighted with these figures, achieved thanks to the commitment of local people and the council, we are looking to make further improvements to our service.”