Comhairle: recycling stats misleading

The Comhairle says a change in how waste is counted makes its record on recycling look worse
The Comhairle says a change in how waste is counted makes its record on recycling look worse

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has sought to clarify statistics suggesting its recycling rate is the worst in Scotland.

It says the figures belie a greener record for the Western Isles.

Statistics from the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) had pointed to the Comhairle presiding over the poorest recycling rate out of all councils, with just 21.6 percent of waste being recycled.

This figure is stark in comparison to areas such as North Ayrshire, Falkirk, and Inverclyde, who all scored recycling percentages over 50 percent.

On first analysis, the council says it does appear strange that Eilean Siar should only have recycled a mere 21.6 percent of waste.

But this ‘decrease’ is explained by how the recycling amount has been calculated, said a Comhairle spokesman.

Check out this week’s Stornoway Gazette (Oct 22) for the rest of this story.