Home composting encouraged with revival of scheme

ABERDEENSHIRE Council is again providing subsidised home composters to encourage more residents to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill.

In particular, the council is looking to reduce the amount of garden waste picked up in general waste collections, given there is no separate garden waste collection.

Councillors last week agreed to reinstate the subsidised sale of home composters to residents and businesses in Aberdeenshire. As in previous schemes, these will be provided at a reduced cost to encourage better, more environmentally-friendly waste disposal.

The local authority ran a subsidised home composter sale scheme for a number of years up until 2007. The then Scottish Executive, through the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) then provided a scheme on a national basis from January 2007 – January 2011, during which around 15,000 home composters were sold.

This made Aberdeenshire among the top selling authority areas in the country, with the council already having sold an additional 10,000 units prior to the WRAP scheme.

Councillors heard from head of waste management Ian Robertson, who said the council wanted to revive a tested scheme which would help contribute to £100,000 of savings which have to be made by the service this year.

The scheme has been reinstated and the composters will cost residents £20.00 for the 320 litre unit and £35.00 for the 800 litre unit. All composters will be delivered direct within 28 days of ordering at no extra cost.

The cost of the scheme is estimated to be £23,000 per annum, For more information call the Wasteline on 0845 600 3 900, or visit: www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/waste/