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Scotland trials recycling incentive

28-Feb-2013
Last updated on 01-Mar-2013 at 11:26 GMT

Scotland is attempting to boost recycling rates by offering “recycle and reward” pilot schemes for empty bottles and cans.

People will be rewarded for recycling glass, aluminium and plastic polyethylene terephthalate (PET) drinks containers through incentives such as money back, discount vouchers or vouchers for donations to charities.

Each year around 22,000 tonnes of plastic drinks bottles alone go to landfill in Scotland.

Iain Gulland, director at Zero Waste Scotland, said: “It’s vital that we consider fresh approaches to boosting recycling rates and capturing the value of materials which would otherwise be sent straight to landfill.

“Through this pilot, we want to assess the impact of this approach which has proved successful around the world, including in Germany, South Australia and Scandinavia.”

North and South Ayrshire council, the University of Dundee and Heriot Watt University, Cordia Services LLP and Whitmuir Organics are some of the nine entities trialling the project.

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