Award for can re­cy­cle scheme

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Staff re­porter

A re­cy­cling ini­tia­tive op­er­at­ing in Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang has been recog­nised with a Scot­tish en­vi­ron­men­tal award.

The Ev­ery Can Counts ini­tia­tive in­volved the in­stal­la­tion of can crush­ers at all 17 South La­nark­shire sec­ondary schools

It has been re­warded with a gold stan­dard Scot­tish Green Ap­ple Award.

As well as im­proved fa­cil­i­ties, the pro­ject, which was funded by Zero Waste Scot­land, saw ed­u­ca­tion ma­te­ri­als and classes on the im­por­tance of re­cy­cling.

Or­gan­is­ers hope that the suc­cess of the scheme, which saw the au­thor­ity re­duce its monthly waste dis­posal costs while in­creas­ing re­cy­cling rates, will lead to it be­ing adopted by more schools across Scot­land.

Karl Tul­lett, na­tional or­gan­iser for the Green Ap­ple Awards, said: “The Ev­ery Can Counts and South La­nark­shire schools ini­tia­tive of­fer a model to all schools through­out Scot­land on the way to en­gage young peo­ple in re­cy­cling.”

David Hin­shel­wood, sup­port ser­vices man­ager at South La­nark­shire Coun­cil, said: “Not only have we been able to in­crease the amount of un­con­tam­i­nated cans be­ing re­cy­cled but we have achieved re­duc­tions in our monthly waste dis­posal costs.”

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