Less than half of household waste in Scotland was sent to landfill in 2014.
That’s according to new figures published by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), which revealed the total amount of household waste generated last year was 2.46 million tonnes.
That’s 18% less than in 2007, it added.
The SEPA also stated the country’s recycling rate increased to 42.8% last year.
Although more councils recycled most of their household waste in 2014, less than half of the local authorities managed to achieve 50%, it added.
Scottish Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead said the achievement is a “significant milestone” but added further improvements are needed from councils to meet recycling targets.
He added: “The Household Recycling Charter the Scottish Government is working with local authorities to develop should help achieve this. Bringing in consistent practices across Scotland should also make it easier and less confusing for people to recycle potentially valuable materials including paper, card, glass, plastics and food waste.
“We are also consulting on how best to make the most of valuable materials by creating a more circular economy.”