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On-the-go recycling made easier in Scotland

Scotland is planning to roll out thousands of public recycling bins across the country in a bid to make people more accountable for their waste when away from home.

In total 2,700 on-the-go recycling facilities will be installed in over 250 sites. Busy locations where people will be able to recycle include Edinburgh Airport, Nevis Range Mountain Resort, Our Dynamic Earth, Overgate Shopping Centre in Dundee and the University of Strathclyde.

The initiative is being funded by Zero Waste Scotland through its 'Recycle on the Go' capital support fund to the tune of £850,000. It is hoped greater levels of dry recyclables such as newspapers, plastic bottles and aluminium drinks cans will be recovered.

It will also support wider moves by the Scottish Government to address the problem of litter. Zero Waste Scotland has already committed over £2m to various anti-litter initiatives.

Zero Waste Scotland's director Iain Gulland said the new recycling bins would be strategically placed in locations that attract a lot of footfall.

"There's real value in the goods we throw away, and the small effort it takes to separate waste for recycling can contribute to economic growth for Scotland," he added.

Guidance is also available to help organisations manage or implement their own on-the-go recycling schemes.

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