New bins will help boost re­cy­cling

Trol­ley and box sys­tem eas­ier to use

Ayrshire Post - - MAYBOLE NEWS - Fraser Wil­son

House­holds across Cum­nock, Muirkirk, Mauch­line, Patna and Dalmelling­ton will be asked to change the way they re­cy­cle and store waste with the in­tro­duc­tion of new bins.

Com­ing into play next April, res­i­dents will now be asked to fill an “in­no­va­tive re­cy­cling trol­ley” – the first of its kind in Scot­land.

The trol­ley will re­place the blue bin, al­low­ing res­i­dents to com­part­men­talise waste into pa­per, card, glass, cans and house­hold plas­tics. These will all be stacked in black boxes and wheeled to the pave­ment to­gether.

Let­ters will be sent out to res­i­dents ad­vis­ing of the changes at the end of Oc­to­ber, with the new bins com­ing into play next year.

East Ayr­shire Coun­cil leader Dou­glas Reid said: “East Ayr­shire will be the first au­thor­ity in Scot­land to in­tro­duce an in­no­va­tive re­cy­cling trol­ley which will al­low ‘ waste man­age­ment ser­vices’ to roll out a new weekly col­lec­tion ser­vice. “I am con­fi­dent our res­i­dents will ben­e­fit from the new weekly re­cy­cling col­lec­tion and the new sys­tem will stop waste be­ing sent to land­fill.” Roll out of the in­no­va­tive re­cy­cling trol­ley was made pos­si­ble thanks to fund­ing of more than £ 2mil­lion from Zero Waste Scot­land. It is hoped res­i­dents will find the new trol­ley “con­ve­nient, easy to use and easy to store”. Home­own­ers will re­ceive the new bins in April. Mean­while the lo­cal au­thor­ity has been praised for its ef­forts in im­prov­ing the level of re­cy­cling of house­hold waste across the area. A re­port pub­lished by the Scot­tish En­vi­ron­ment Pro­tec­tion Agency ( SEPA) last week showed East Ayr­shire to be well above the na­tional av­er­age, re­cy­cling 53.3 per cent of house­hold waste.

The na­tional av­er­age was 45.2 per cent na­tional av­er­age. How­ever, the coun­cil is still mov­ing 36.2 per cent of house­hold waste to land­fill, with 10.5 per cent of waste oth­er­wise dis­posed of.

Coun­cil­lor Reid added: “Over the past six years we have de­vel­oped a re­cy­cling and waste col­lec­tion strat­egy fo­cused on pro­vid­ing our com­mu­ni­ties with a full range of kerb­side re­cy­cling.

“We have seen a huge change in pub­lic at­ti­tudes, with our res­i­dents re­ally get­ting be­hind the re­cy­cling ser­vice.

“The de­mand for re­cy­cling from home has in­creased sig­nif­i­cantly and with this in mind we are go­ing to be mak­ing fur­ther im­prove­ments in the com­ing months.”

For more in­for­ma­tion on the changes to house­hold waste man­age­ment, call 01563 554 033 or email waste@ east- ayr­shire. gov. uk

Con­fi­dent Coun­cil­lor leader Dou­glas Reid be­lieves in the new bins

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