Recycling services facing changes

Changes are about to begin to the way recycling is collected across Aberdeenshire as part of efforts to improve the service and meet national recycling targets.

A new system of co-mingled recycling is being phased in, meaning recyclable materials will be collected together in the same wheeled bin, replacing the blue and black boxes currently used.

This service will be rolled out to all residents in Aberdeenshire, whcih will mean around 30,000 rural households will have mixed recycling collected for the first time.

Food waste will also be collected from all homes for the first time, following earlier trials.

The rollout is starting in north Aberdeenshire, in and around the Banff, Portsoy, Aberchirder and Turriff areas, in early November.

Other areas will have the new services introduced gradually, finishing in south Aberdeenshire in March 2015.

Chairman of Aberdeenshire Council’s Infrastructure Services Committee, Peter Argyle, said: “By adopting the co-mingled option, the council can increase the range of materials it can collect at the kerbside, which in turn is expected to increase the rate of recycling to 45%.

“This will mean an improvement both to the service offered to householders, and to the amount of material the council can recycle.”

Materials which will be included in future collections, which are not currently picked up, will include brown cardboard and other plastic packaging.

The changes mean that each household will have two wheeled bins, one for recyclable materials and the other for residual waste, and a smaller food waste container.

Recycling and waste will be collected on alternate weeks, with food waste picked up each week.

The system was approved at a full meeting of Aberdeenshire Council in January of this year, designed to help the local authority meet the Scottish Government’s Zero Waste targets.

It will start in early November in the north west of Aberdeenshire and the service will be introduced in seven phases, finishing in the Kincardine and Mearns area in 2015.