Recycling more to keep up with legislation

HOUSEHOLDERS in Angus will be able to recycle more items through their kerbside waste collection service as Angus Council progresses to meet Scottish government targets and new waste legislation.

A trial involving approximately 5,000 households in selected areas of Carnoustie and Arbroath, as well as a collection route covering the rural areas of Balumbie, Wellbank, Kellas, Bucklehead, Newbigging and Monikie will begin the week commencing September 17.

Residents will be asked to use their grey bin - currently used for residual waste - for collection of glass, mixed plastics, cans, paper and cardboard. A smaller purple bin for residual waste and a food waste bin will be supplied, as well as a small kitchen caddy, also for food waste. The green bin collection for garden waste will remain unchanged.

As part of the trial, which is expected to last between six and 12 months, one area in Arbroath will retain the green box collection for separate collection of glass only.

The general waste collection will be fortnightly as at present, alternating with the green bin collection for garden waste. The dry recyclables collection – paper, cardboard, plastics and other recyclates - will be collected fortnightly, and the food waste will be collected weekly.

All households involved in the trial will be issued with letters, booklets and other information, with details of the new system.

Convener of neighbourhood services, Councillor Donald Morrison said: “In 2010, the Scottish Government released the Zero Waste Plan for Scotland, which set household waste recycling targets of 50 per cent by 2013; 60 per cent by 2020 and a 70 per cent recycling target for all waste by 2025.

“In 2010/11, Angus Council’s household recycling rate was 37 per cent. In addition to this, there are also new regulations coming into force driving the separation of different waste streams, as well as increasing landfill costs due to an escalation in the rate of landfill tax.”

He continued: “Since the trial was approved by committee in February, we have been planning for the roll-out in September. For operational reasons, the trial will cover areas serviced by the Arbroath depot, and we’ve included a good mix of town and rural areas, and different types of housing.

“The proposed changes to the kerbside collection system will allow householders to recycle or compost a far greater proportion of their waste via their kerbside collections, significantly reducing the amount of waste we send to landfill in Angus.”