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S5W-06115: Maurice Golden (West Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 12 January 2017

To ask the Scottish Government how much it has provided to each local authority in each year since 2011 to support (a) kerbside recycling systems, excluding food waste collections and (b) the Recycle for Scotland campaign.

Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham 26 January 2017

The vast majority of Scottish Government revenue funding for local authorities is provided by means of a block grant. It is the responsibility of individual local authorities to manage their own budgets and to allocate the total financial resources available to them on the basis of local needs and priorities, having first fulfilled their statutory obligations and the jointly agreed set of national and local priorities.

In addition, Zero Waste Scotland has been providing support to individual local authorities to support change and incentivise best practice in improving kerbside recycling services.

The following table shows a breakdown of grants awarded to Scottish local authorities from 2011-12 onwards for kerbside recycling services (excluding food waste) and Recycle for Scotland communications.

 

2011-12

2012-13

2013-14

2014-15

2015-16

 

£

£

£

£

£

Argyll & Bute

12,500

-

9,980

29,872

-

Aberdeen City

34,485

45,360

18,000

126,773

82,291

Aberdeenshire

31,500

-

126,506

125,200

-

Angus

14,990

5,400

-

14,799

-

Clackmannanshire

7,000

-

-

-

-

Dumfries & Galloway

23,842

332,553

276,518

128,542

10,000

Dundee

21,500

10,000

108,910

179,565

88,134

East Ayrshire

16,500

-

17,500

5,000

121,335

East Dunbartonshire

13,000

31,202

64,061

-

-

East Lothian

13,000

-

-

104,543

63,765

East Renfrewshire

10,000

-

-

-

-

Edinburgh, City of

15,929

30,000

47,500

118,737

345,129

Falkirk

21,000

-

10,785

71,163

258,327

Fife

48,338

103,545

-

14,553

6,799

Glasgow City

85,000

22,919

44,097

-

1,078,979

Highland

31,315

33,022

-

20,716

30,861

Inverclyde

11,000

14,835

79,970

174,584

-

Midlothian

11,000

18,246

-

42,986

-

Moray

12,000

-

13,563

-

-

North Ayrshire

19,000

-

-

-

-

North Lanarkshire

43,500

20,000

-

71,000

-

Orkney

5,255

-

-

-

-

Perth & Kinross

19,500

111,718

38,846

52,276

10,758

Renfrewshire

11,500

6,131

-

20,012

-

Scottish Borders

14,440

-

-

-

-

Shetland

18,445

-

-

-

-

South Ayrshire

15,267

-

-

15,000

-

South Lanarkshire

41,500

-

26,130

3,575

180,612

Stirling

11,500

38,121

-

54,917

-

West Dunbartonshire

13,832

-

130,000

37,800

-

West Lothian

22,000

-

11,445

3,555

-

Western Isles

5,000

-

65,950

-

-

It is not practical to separate out costs for kerbside recycling and Recycle for Scotland as Zero Waste Scotland funding for changing or improving local services usually combines support such as communications, training and temporary ‘implementation’ staff in a single grant award. The exception to this is 2011-12 where all identified expenditure (other than the grant for Shetland council) was specifically for Recycle for Scotland.

The Scottish Government is now supporting Councils with the implementation of the Household Recycling Charter and it has been made clear that support to local authorities for best practice in recycling (through Zero Waste Scotland) will be
re-aligned to support the Charter. To date, 23 Councils have signed up to the Charter with more authorities expected to follow suit.