An Angus Council recycling initiative trialled locally is to begin being rolled out across the county next month.
The authority is making changes to the waste collection service to make it easier for people to recycle more materials at home
Following the successful trial of a kerbside recycling service in Angus, the council will now be rolling out the service to approximately 53,500 households.
The new service will be a significant boost to the county’s recycling rate with the council expecting to collect around 10,000 more tonnes of recycled materials a year once the service if fully rolled out.
The new household kerbside recycling collection service comprises of:
A new smaller purple bin for general waste, collected fortnightly
The current grey bin becoming the new recycling bin for cardboard, paper, cans, plastics and glass, collected fortnightly
A new indoor and outdoor caddies for food waste, collected weekly
A garden waste bin which continues to be collected fortnightly.
The new service is being rolled out in phases during 2014 with households in the first phase, covering areas between Arbroath and Monifieth, commencing from March onwards.
Letters and an information booklet advising householders of the changes are being delivered to householders included on the first phase of the roll-out between February 24 and March 28. New bins will be delivered to households two to three weeks after they receive the initial letter and information booklet.
Staff from the council’s waste services team will be available on the following dates to answer any questions from residents: Tuesday, February 25, Co-op, Carnoustie, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.;
Wednesday, February 26, Tesco, Arbroath, 12 noon and 4 p.m.; Thursday, February 27, Morrisons, Arbroath, 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.; Friday, February 28, Tesco, Monifieth, 11 a.m. from 4 p.m.
The council’s convener of communities, Councillor Donald Morrison, said: “I’d like to thank everyone who took part in the trial which also allowed us to gauge the feedback on the service. The amount of materials being recycled was really encouraging as it prevents more going to landfill, meaning we not only save money on landfill taxes, but we also protect the environment.
“People who took part in the trial told us that they found the new service to be a positive experience. I’m hoping that as the service is rolled out across the county, this is an experience that is shared by every householder.”
The decision follows the council’s successful trial from September 2012 to March 2013. The trial saw a kerbside recycling service introduced to 5000 households in selected areas of Carnoustie and Arbroath, as well as a collection route covering the rural areas of Ballumbie, Wellbank, Kellas, Bucklershead, Newbigging and Monikie.