Highland schools' rubbish costs increase

image captionA 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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