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Scots smash recycling world record

11th September 2016

Scotland’s leading recycler, Viridor and Zero Waste Scotland are calling on competitive Scots to take part in national Recycle Week to encourage people to recycle more things, more often.

In a bid to recycling across the nation, Zero Waste Scotland, supported by staff from Viridor’s Scottish HQ, held an event at St Enoch’s Centre in Glasgow, involving a record attempt to sort items in recycling containers.

The record attempt for the fastest sort of 200 mixed items into recycling containers, was broken by brothers from Coatbridge Liam Cassidy, 15, and Adam Cassidy, 11.

The fun-filled, educational event was just one of a whole host of action and events taking place across Scotland during Recycle Week, from 12th to 18th September 2016.

Recycle Week encourages people to get savvy with their waste and find out how they can pick up and perfect their recycling habits.

Scotland’s household recycling rate is almost 43%, which is a great achievement, but we need to do more to reach the national target of recycling 70% by 2025. By recycling properly, Scots are saving money, helping create jobs, conserving energy and protecting Scotland’s natural environment.

Iain Gulland, Chief Executive, Zero Waste Scotland, said:

“After medals and records galore at Rio’s Olympics, we decided that this Recycle Week we wanted to give Scots the opportunity to be recycling record breakers.

“By being the best recyclers we can, we help to preserve Scotland’s environment, tackle climate change and help our economy.

“Recycle Week is a chance for everyone to brush up on recycling and find out how else they can do their bit.”

Martin Grey, Head of Public Affairs for Viridor, said:

“National Recycling Week is a great time to talk to people about recycling and why it matters. Recycling is a real Scottish success story but the system only works when people put the right stuff in the right bin.

“Helping with the world recycling record was great fun and a brilliant way to talk to people about how together we can make the system simpler. Whilst we didn’t smash the speed recycling record ourselves we were delighted for Liam and Adam who are now real record breakers.”

For fast facts on recycling or information on further events throughout the country, visit the Recycle for Scotland website here.

For further information please contact:

pressoffice@pennon-group.co.uk