Refuse and recycling changes

The Fraserburgh reyccling facility at West Shore.
The Fraserburgh reyccling facility at West Shore.

Most refuse and recycling collections during the festive period will continue as normal except for Christmas Day and New Year’s Day which will be collected the following Saturday.

This means collections due on Christmas Day will now be Saturday, December 27 and collections due on New Year’s Day will now be Saturday, January 3.

Friday, December 26 and January 2 will be collected as normal in most areas.

All Household Waste and Recycling Centres (HWRCs) will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Day and January 2.

Postcards have been sent to all households in affected areas, detailing their individual collections. All other collections over the festive period will take place on the usual days.

This year 96,000 households in Aberdeenshire will be able to recycle their turkey bones and leftover brussel sprouts using the new food waste service, making it easier than ever before to recycle over the festive period.

Chair of the council’s infrastructure services committee Councillor Peter Argyle said:“The food waste service has been well received by the public, with many people commenting on how useful they find it and how it has made them more aware of the food they waste.

“Through the service the council is on track to recycle approximately 8,000 tonnes of food waste per year, adding around 6% to the council’s recycling rate.

“Scotland’s homes throw away 630,000 tonnes of food and drink every year. That’s £1 billion a year, averaging out to £470 per household.

“Imagine what you could do with an extra £470 to spend. By making a simple shopping list, you can reduce your food waste, save time at the shops as well as money.”

The new recycling service accepts many materials which could not be recycled at the kerbside this time last year.

Used wrapping paper, brown cardboard boxes, plastic bottles and a much wider range of food packaging including plastic tubs, pots and trays can now be put together into your recycling bin.

The amount and accessibility of glass recycling points has also increased just in case anyone has a few empty bottles they are trying to get rid of.

When decorations come down in the New Year, you can also recycle your Christmas tree free of charge at most Household Waste and Recycling Centres.

Committee vice-chair, Alan S. Buchan, said: “With so much waste generated over the festive period, we encourage everyone to recycle as much as possible – including their Christmas tree.

“These can be taken to HWRCs and put in the garden waste skip.

“If anyone has any questions about what services are available to them they can phone the Wasteline number and speak to someone who can help.”

Over this busy period containers at recycling points may be fuller than normal, particularly at busy supermarkets. Residents should be assured the council is working hard to service all recycling points as often as possible.

Some hints and tips for keeping recycling points clear and ensuring council vehicles can access them are as follows:

• Do not park in a position that prevents council vehicles reaching containers to empty them

• Spread recycling out over the festive period if possible

• Take recycling to an alternative recycling point (busy sites may have signs pointing you to alternatives)

• Please don’t leave materials lying outside recycling containers – it is unsightly and in bad weather materials can blow around causing more litter in the surrounding area.