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Digital tool to tackle region’s recycling confusion

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By Fiona Reid
Digital tool to tackle region’s recycling confusion

A DIGITAL recycling tool has been launched to help combat confusion over what can go in which of the region’s bins.

Zero Waste Scotland is behind the first ever Recycling Sorter, which will allow residents to search what items can be recycled, and in which bin.

Almost half of Scots admit that they could increase the amount of recycling they do, and many suffer from recycling confusion at some point during the process.

The inventors hope the tool will simplify and bring clarity to recycling ensuring that all households in Dumfries and Galloway are recycling more of the right things in the right places.

With the aim to recycle 70 per cent of Scottish waste by 2025 and the equally ambitious climate change target of Scotland achieving net-zero emissions by 2045, Zero Waste Scotland is urging the public to play their part now.

Their research found that a third of Scots often aren’t sure about which items can and can’t be recycled.

Iain Gulland, chief executive of Zero Waste Scotland, said: “We know there’s confusion out there surrounding recycling different materials and products at home. The Recycling Sorter takes people back to basics and cuts through confusion. The user-friendly tool will inform people of what items can and can’t be recycled and how to prepare items for recycling – such as wash, squash, sort – and includes hints and tips to make it easier at home.

“The national recycling rate is not going in the right direction fast enough and we need to act now to transform our national recycling performance. Research carried out by Zero Waste Scotland revealed that nearly half the population could definitely increase the amount of recycling they do.”