Stirling residents recycled and composted 54.5% of their waste during 2016. This is an increase in recycling and composting over the previous years figures. This is a huge achievement from both an economic and environmental perspective. It reduces landfilling costs whilst cutting the volume of greenhouse gases that are produced when organic waste decomposes in landfill.

Stirling Council will continue to look for ways to increase participation in recycling and continue moving towards the Scottish Governments targets of 70% of waste recycled and a maximum of 5% sent to landfill by 2025.  By recycling the materials you can no longer re-use you are: 

  • Saving the Earth's natural resources.
  • Saving energy and reducing the risk of climate change.
  • Reducing the need for landfill.
  • Supporting the circular economy and creating jobs.



Recycling is the third of the traditional "3Rs": Reducing, Reusing and Recycling.  It usually comes into play only after reducing waste and reusing materials are no longer options. For more information on what you can do to Reduce, Re-use & Recycle your waste visit our Waste and Sustainability pages

Recycled materials are not waste, but are resources that can be used to make new products.   

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