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West Lothian top for recycling rise

West Lothian has recorded the largest rise in household waste recycling rates in the whole of Scotland.

Recycling rates in the area have risen by a fantastic 12.8% to 61.3%, which is the second highest rate of household recycling in the country.
 
The average household waste recycling rate in Scotland is 45.6%, an average increase of 0.6%.
 
Executive councillor for the environment Tom Conn said: "It's fantastic to achieve the largest rise of 12.8% in household waste recycling in the whole of Scotland. 
 
"Thank you to all the West Lothian residents who participate in our recycling scheme for their contribution. 
 
"There have been many changes to our recycling and waste services in recent years, and it's satisfying to see us reaping the rewards of them now. 
 
"We appreciate that a number of residents were unhappy with the slim bins when they were first introduced for example, but we can now see proof of the positive impact they have had. Improved technology is also helping ensure more items can get recycled." 
 
He added: "Recycling more has huge benefits for everyone. These include less damage to the environment and keeping money for essential local services in West Lothian, through less expensive landfill costs at a time where council budgets are under severe pressure.
 
"There is still work to be done to try and prevent recyclable items being put into grey bins and preventing contamination of recycling, and we hope residents will work with us to continue to deliver improvements in these areas."  
 
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