Headlines: December 2nd, 2002

Nine out of ten people in Scotland say they would recycle waste like paper and glass if local councils set up doorstep collection services. The finding is one of the results of the largest ever survey of public attitudes to environmental issues in Scotland. The study, funded by Scottish Executive in conjunction with Scottish Natural Heritage and the Forestry Commission, questioned more than 4,000 people to gauge opinions on a number of environmental topics.The main report of the study will be published early next year but key findings include the fact that while between four and five out of ten people currently recycle glass and paper, almost nine out of ten said they would do so with a doorstep collection service. Seventy per cent of people think water in most rivers and lochs in Scotland is good or very good quality and eight out of ten are satisfied with the quality of their tap water. Raw sewage put into the sea and nuclear waste are issues about which the Scottish public are most concerned.

The survey also found that more than three quarters of Scots believe people in Scotland should change their way of life now in order to allow future generations to enjoy the same quality of life and environment. Environment Minister Ross Finnie said, “Since 1999 the Executive has made major investments to improve the quality of our drinking water and our sewage treatment. We are now leading the drive to improve Scotland’s record on waste management. We are also doing a great deal to improve Scotland’s record on recycling. We have recently set targets to recycle and compost 25% of municipal waste by 2006.” He said the survey would be a useful tool in planning future policies.