AS OF Monday, rules around the collection of waste from wheeled bins throughout Aberdeenshire were brought into action.
As part of efforts to increase recycling throughout the area and achieve savings of around £1million, only the waste which is placed in one 240-litre bin will be collected fortnightly from households.
Waste presented outside the bin or which causes the bin lid not to close will not be picked up by crews, with residents encouraged to recycle as much of their waste as possible.
Those families and households who have genuine need for a second wheeled bin may be allowed additional capacity following assessment by the Council.
For those who are struggling to contain their non-recyclable waste in their bin, or who are having difficulty recycling, help and advice is available by contacting the Wasteline (see number below), or on the council’s website. (http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/waste)
The council has a network of Household Waste and Recycling Centres throughout the area which can accept a huge range of materials and goods for recycling.
It also offers waste disposal facilities for any extra non-recyclable waste that cannot fit in the bin; for a full list and the location of your nearest HWRC, please see here: (http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/waste )
Residents in Aberdeenshire can also get more black and blue recycling boxes free of charge. These are available from collection crews or by calling the WasteLine. Free blue-lidded paper bins are also available for rural residents.
The council also offers reduced-cost home composters, which can help dispose of a wide range of waste in an environmentally friendly way and benefit your garden.
An 800-litre capacity composter can be bought from the council for just £35, while a 320-litre capacity bin is just £20. Wasteline is now able to take orders and payment by phone for the bins. For more information, see here: (http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/waste/composting/Composting_Info.asp )
Alternatively, garden waste collected at our HWRCs is sent for composting, so if you are unable to use a home composter then you can take your garden waste to your local HWRC.
Aberdeenshire’s recycling rate for last year was 33% against a target of 40%, and with the Scottish Government setting a recycling target of 70% by 2025, there is still a long way to go. However, achieving these targets will ultimately help the environment and save us all money.
Chairman of Aberdeenshire Council’s infrastructure services committee, Peter Argyle, said: “We would like to thank the majority of households for their efforts to recycle and reduce waste; they will probably notice no change to their service.
“For those who take advantage of our recycling facilities, from the kerbside and at Recycling Points and HWRCs, fitting their household waste into a standard bin for a fortnightly collection should be straightforward.
“It is only fair to those households who can manage that we ask others who have not previously made efforts to reduce their waste to start to do so.
“We have to work together to achieve our targets and we will continue to try to make it easier to minimise the impact every household has on the environment by offering as many recycling opportunities as possible, while maintaining tight control of a reduced budget.”
For any issue related to waste, you can call the Wasteline on 0845 600 3 900.