Recycling collection changes on the way

Aberdeenshire Council have announced changes to recycling collections in parts of the region.
Aberdeenshire Council have announced changes to recycling collections in parts of the region.

Changes to recycling collections in parts of Aberdeenshire will be introduced in March.

In advance of the improved service, new blue-lidded bins and food waste caddies are being delivered to households in and around towns and villages.

They include Boddam, Cairnbulg, Crimmond, Cruden Bay, Fetterangus, Fraserburgh, Hatton, Inverallochy, Longside, Maud, Mintlaw, New Aberdour, New Deer, New Pitsligo, Old Deer, Peterhead, Sandhaven, St Combs, St Fergus, Strichen and Stuartfield.

Letters are being sent to just under 26,000 households advising of the new arrangements, relevant dates and all materials which will now be recycled.

The phased changes will begin on March 17 as part of efforts to improve the service and meet national recycling targets.

A new system of mixed recycling means materials will be collected together in the same wheeled bin, replacing the blue and black boxes currently used in urban areas.

Rural households will have the same service as those in urban areas for the first time with their new mixed recycling bin and all areas will also receive a food waste collection.

The new system of collections began early last November in the north west of Aberdeenshire.

Infrastructure services committee chair, Councillor 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 such as yoghurt pots and margarine tubs.

The changes mean each household will have two wheeled bins - one for recyclable materials, 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 new collection arrangements are expected to cost £18 million annually, just under £3 million more than the amount spent on waste and recycling collections in 2012/13.

There will be an extra £3.6 million in one-off costs for improvements to the depot infrastructure, necessary plant machinery and the purchase of extra bins.

The council has submitted bids to the Food Waste Collection Fund, created by Zero Waste Scotland, to help meet the costs.