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07.05.13

Recycling trial for ScotRail stations

ScotRail has launched a major trial of recycling bins at 19 stations across Scotland.

Colour-coded bins have been installed with a £37,000 grant from Zero Waste Scotland and volunteers from local community groups will be present at the stations to help customers make best use of the new facilities.

Steve Montgomery, ScotRail’s managing director, said: “We are confident that our customers will welcome this move to make it quicker and easier for them to recycle while on the move.

“The trial supports our ongoing commitment to creating a greener railway for Scotland.”

Iain Gulland, director of Zero Waste Scotland, said: “These new recycling bins are in busy railway stations and we're very pleased that we've been able to fund this pilot.

“I hope that people will make best use of the facilities, just as they are doing so more and more at home. When used materials, like empty bottles and drinks cans, can be separated and collected, we can begin to see and use this as a valuable resource rather than waste.”

Environment secretary Richard Lochhead said: “Recycling is vital to Scotland's economic and environmental future, and we must make it as easy as possible for people to recycle. This project is just one example of our commitment to make the most of Scotland's valuable resources.

“Scotland's household recycling rate has jumped from 5% to nearly 40% in the last 10 years alone. While this is fantastic progress, there's still room to recycle more at home as well as when we are out and about. The small effort it takes to separate our waste for recycling is very valuable to Scotland's economy.”

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