Award for can recycle scheme
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.”