Renfrewshire Council has been awarded nearly £350,000 in funding to improve recycling in the area.

The funding, a total of £346,107, will be used to improve source segregation of material currently collected in ‘mixed waste’ skips at recycling centres across the area – increasing the amount of quality recyclable materials and reducing the amount of material ending up in landfill.

Circular Economy Minister Lorna Slater made the announcement on a visit to Fife Council’s recycling facilities last week.

Circular Economy Minister Lorna Slater said: “Recycling has a huge role to play in Scotland’s response to the climate crisis. Our £70 million Recycling Improvement Fund is delivering one of the biggest investments in recycling and reuse in Scotland in a generation.

“Hundreds of thousands of people in Scotland will benefit from projects supported by the fund, which will make it easier for households to recycle and increase local recycling rates.

Photo: Circular Economy Minister Lorna Slater visits Fife Council’s recycling facilities where she made the announcement Renfrewshire will be issued new funding
Photo Credit: Net Zero Scotland / Scot Govt

“In August 2023, we are introducing the UK’s first deposit return scheme for drinks containers, which will recycle nearly 2 billion bottles and cans every single year.

“And we have set out further proposals to increase reuse and recycling rates, and modernise waste and recycling services, in our live consultations on a Circular Economy Bill and a Waste Route Map.

“These actions will boost recycling and make a major contribution to the fight against the climate crisis.”

Three local authorities, including Renfrewshire Council, will receive funding totalling over £3.4 million to improve local recycling and reuse services, bringing the total investment announced to date to over £23 million.

15 local authorities have now benefited from the fund, which will be worth £70 million over five years.