Council waste rules take effect

What a load of rubbish: Refuse collectors are now under instruction from the council not to collect overflowing bins.
What a load of rubbish: Refuse collectors are now under instruction from the council not to collect overflowing bins.

NEW rules regarding the collection of household waste from wheelie bins, which prevent the uplift of bins which are overflowing, have taken effect from the beginning of this week.

The change, brought into effect by Aberdeenshire Council, comes as part of an effort to increase recycling and to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill. In future, waste left outside the bin or which prevents the bin from closing will not be picked up by crews.

The move will see households restricted to the collection of one single 240 litre bin each fortnight. However, families and households which can persuade officials of a genuine need for a second wheelie bin may be allowed additional capacity following an assessment by the Council.

Aberdeenshire’s recycling rate for last year was 33%, which fell below the council’s target of 40%. The Scottish Government has set a target of recycling 70% of household waste by 2025.

Chairman of Aberdeenshire Council’s Infrastructure Services Committee, Peter Argyle, recognised the efforts of homeowners to reduce the amount of waste they presented for collection, but warned that it was only fair to expect others to start doing the same.

“We would like to thank the majority of households for their efforts to recycle and reduce waste”, he said. “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.

“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.”

Help and advice for anyone struggling with the new rules or with recycling waste is available by contacting the Wasteline on 0845 600 3 900, or on the council’s website at http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/waste.

Aberdeenshire Council recently announced an offer on reduced-cost home composters, which can help dispose of a wide range of waste in an environmentally friendly way as well as benefiting gardens. As well as household collections, the council also offers a network of Household Waste and Recycling Centres which can accept a wide range of materials.