the start of Recycling Week in Scotland on Monday was marked with the installation hundreds of recycling bins in busy public places.
They include new recycling points Inverurie, Ellon, Stonehaven, Aboyne, Mintlaw and Banff, which will enable local people to separate plastic bottles and cans for recycling.
The facilities have been funded by Zero Waste Scotland, as part of a £250,000 drive to make it easier for people to recycle when they are ‘on the go’.
In total, more than 40 locations have installed new recycling bins thanks to the funding.
Recycle Week is a nationwide drive to encourage people to recycle more, which this year is focusing on recycling plastic bottles.
Zero Waste Scotland and the Scottish Government are urging people to use the new recycling bins when they are out and about during Recycle Week.
Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead said: “Making recycling easy, whether you’re at home or out and about, is vital if Scotland is to achieve its zero waste ambitions.
“This funding supports local authorities, businesses, and the third sector to provide new recycling bins, however it’s down to everyone to use them.
“Scotland’s household recycling rate has jumped from 5% to nearly 40% in the last 10 years alone.
“While this is fantastic progress, there’s still room to recycle more at home as well as when we are out and about. The small effort it takes to separate our waste for recycling is very valuable to Scotland’s economy.”
Iain Gulland, Director of Zero Waste Scotland, said: “Many of the items that end up in litter bins, such as newspapers and drinks bottles, can be easily recycled.
“Not only is this better for the environment, there’s real value left in the goods we throw away. High quality plastic bottles can be sold at over £190 per tonne, so throwing them away to landfill is a lost business opportunity.
“Ultimately, we want to make it easy to recycle, whether at home, at work or out and about. These new facilities will make it easy to recycle in some of the country’s busiest and most popular public areas.
“However, it is important that people use recycling bins correctly because putting in non-recyclable items risks damaging the quality – and value – of the recyclable materials.”
Councillor Peter Argyle, Aberdeenshire Council’s infrastructure services committee chair, said: “We are delighted that Zero Waste Scotland has provided us with funding to invest in new public recycling bins.
“There are now so many ways you can recycle in Aberdeenshire, including kerbside recycling services and facilities available at many local recycling centres throughout the area.
“We strongly encourage everyone to recycle as much as they can, helping Scotland to make the best use of its valuable resources and work towards achieving the 70% recycling target for 2025.”