Recycling rates in Moray have been celebrated as one of the best in the country.
Statistics published by Sepa have ranked the region as fourth out of Scotland’s 32 local authorities with 57.4% of all household waste recycled – the national average is 44.7%.
The figures also showed the amount of rubbish feel by 6.9% during the last year, more than three times the national figure.
Sepa has credited the reductions across the country to councils, including Moray, shifting from a fortnightly to a three-weekly waste collection.
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Council leader Graham Leadbitter praised the efforts from residents across the region for the most recent reduction, which have saved the authority £311,000 in landfill tax payments.
He said: “We’ve one of the most comprehensive kerbside recycling collections in Scotland, and I’m pleased to see residents are making the most of this.
“I’d encourage everyone to keep up the momentum, so we can reach the Scottish Government’s target of 60% of household waste to be recycled in 2020.”
During 2018 homes in Moray sent 47,552 tonnes of rubbish to landfill, a reduction of 3,500 tonnes from the previous year.