22-08-16 New refuse collection service
Press Release A&B Council
22 August 2016
New refuse and recycling collection service to start in October
Every household in Kintyre will be able to recycle waste from home when the new three weekly general waste collection service begins from Monday, 3 October 2016.
Argyll and Bute Council has made arrangements to increase recycling services to help households move to a three-weekly general waste collection and save money for council services.
The recycling service will be extended to include homes that currently do not have it, and all households can request additional recycling bags.
Recycling waste will continue to be uplifted every two weeks while green (general waste) bins will be collected every three weeks.
Householders will soon receive a calendar of collection dates so that they know exactly when their waste will be uplifted.
Councillor Ellen Morton, Policy Lead for Amenity Services, said:
“Recycling more will save space for general waste in green bins and it will save money for council services. For every tonne of waste that goes to landfill the council has to pay over £80 tax, which means about £2.6 million in total. The more we can recycle the more we can save.
“Funding for our council services has reduced significantly. We must change how we do things so we can continue to provide a wide range of services. Like all local authorities we must work with our residents to meet national targets for reducing waste. The new arrangements for collecting refuse help meet both these challenges.
“The more we reduce the amount of general waste we send to landfill, the more we can save, so we would say to everyone, please avoid wasting money on waste – recycle.”
Reducing waste can also save money for householders - figures show that every household in Scotland could save £460 a year by throwing away less food.
Arrangements can be made for certain households to have a second general waste green bin - where there are five or more people, where someone has a medical condition that generates waste, or where families have children using nappies and all recycling options have been considered.
The Council is working to ensure disruption to the service is kept to a minimum during the transition. Environmental wardens will be available to provide advice on making best use of recycling options.
Further information will be provided with the waste calendars, and is also available on www.argyll-bute/gov.uk/bins.
To request additional recycling bins or bags, contact an Environmental Warden, or find out about a second general waste bin if you qualify for one, please call 01546 605514.
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