Focus on recycling

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In coming weeks Aberdeenshire Council says it will encourage people to recycle more to help achieve higher recycling rates as well as budget savings.

With the Scottish Government setting a recycling target of 70% by 2025, and the area achieving 33% in 2010-11, there is a long way to go.

The council will limit householders to one wheeled-bin each fortnight, with no excess waste (waste outside the bin) being collected.

Free additional recycling boxes are also being made available to those who need them.

This policy for the correct use of household wheeled bins has been in place for a number of years, but from September 5 it will be more firmly enforced, to encourage recycling.

There will be a one month awareness raising period during August, when staff will collect excess waste and empty unauthorised second bins.

Information will be attached to individual bins which either have excess waste presented with them or which staff believe are unauthorised extra bins, to remind householders that these will not be collected after September 5.

There are occasions when extra bins are permitted and will be picked up, such as where a family has lots of nappy waste or where there is a medical need, and this is assessed on an individual basis.

Those householders who are struggling to fit all their waste into one bin should call WasteLine on 0845 600 3 900 to arrange an assessment

After September 5, householders who present excess waste or unauthorised bins for collection will find the waste will not be collected.

Those who continue to flout the council’s policy will be visited by waste officers, who will give advice and assess requests for extra capacity.

Enforcement action under the Environmental Protection Act will be a last resort, but will be available to deal with persistent offenders.

Chairman of Aberdeenshire Council’s Infrastructure Services Committee, Peter Argyle, said: “We are asking all residents to play their part and recycle as much as possible.”

Aberdeenshire Council is currently selling home composters at a subsidised rate, details can be found on the waste pages of Aberdeenshire Council’s website at: