Highland schools' rubbish costs increase

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A further report on improving recycling rates is to be presented later

The cost of dealing with waste generated by schools in the Highlands has increased, according to council figures.

A 17% rise in the amount of rubbish from primary schools over 2009-10 compared to the previous 12 months also affected the authority's CO2 targets.

The cost of refuse collections from all schools has gone up steadily since 2007-08's figure of £446,572.

In 2009-10, the cost had climbed to £638,462.

An officers' report to Highland Council's resources committee said a 10% rise in the landfill tax was one of the factors behind the rising expenditure.

Secondary schools reduced waste by 4.13% in the last year, but the rise at primaries had contributed to a 3.71% increase in carbon emissions generated by council buildings.

Officers said primary schools had asked for help in tackling the issue.

A further report on how waste could be reduced and recycling improved will be presented to the authority's climate change working group next month.

Reducing rubbish is a priority for Highland Council.

Last September, it said moving refuse from Skye to a landfill site near Falkirk resulted in one of the costliest disposals in Scotland.

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