Free recycling boxes made available

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Aberdeenshire Council is to make additional black and blue recycling boxes available to householders across the region in a bid to encourage increased home recycling, as new rules on waste collection start to be implemented.

From September 5, the council will limit householders to one wheeled-bin of waste each fortnight, with no excess waste (waste outside the bin) being collected. Householders who present excess waste or unauthorised bins for collection will find that the waste will not be collected.

Council officials say that the policy of having just one bin per household with no excess waste has been in place for a number of years, but will now be more firmly enforced in a bid to encourage recycling. It is claimed that the move will mean a ‘fairer’ deal for the majority of householders who dispose of waste responsibly by separating out materials for recycling and only presenting one wheeled-bin of refuse each fortnight.

Both extra, unauthorised bins and excess waste have similar cost implications for the council and by reducing the amount of garden waste and recyclable material currently placed in residual bins, the council anticipates savings of £1 million up to 2013. It’s hoped that by making extra recycling boxes available to those who want them, persistent non-recyclers will be encouraged to recycle and compost more to fit all of their waste into one 240-litre bin.

Chairman of Aberdeenshire Council’s Infrastructure Services Committee (ISC) Peter Argyle, said “Most households can manage with one bin per fortnight if they are recycling as much of their waste as possible.

“We’re providing extra free recycling containers to make it easier for people to recycle more.

“Blue and black recycling boxes are available for urban householders served by the kerbside recycling scheme and extra blue bins are available for rural householders.”

Free blue-lidded paper bins are also being made available for rural residents. Extra recycling boxes can be obtained free of charge, either from from collection crews, or by calling WasteLine on 0845 600 3 900.