Res­i­dent claims green and blue bin waste is not be­ing sep­a­rated

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CLAIMS all house­hold waste ends up in the same place have been rub­bished by the lo­cal au­thor­ity.

The Lochaber Times was con­tacted by a Fort William res­i­dent who be­lieves re­cy­clable waste col­lected from blue bins by High­land Coun­cil bin lor­ries is not be­ing re­cy­cled but is end­ing up in land­fill along with gen­eral waste from green bins.

The man, who did not want to be named, said the High­land Coun­cil claims 50 per cent of all rub­bish is re­cy­cled but this would not seem to be the case. He added many res­i­dents would be up­set to learn their rub­bish is not be­ing re­cy­cled in the man­ner they had thought and that he was also con­cerned about the im­pact on the en­vi­ron­ment.

A High­land Coun­cil spokesper­son re­futed the claims and said: ‘The rub­bish col­lected in blue bins is not land­filled. It is de­posited into a waste trans­fer shed where it is bulked up be­fore be­ing trans­ported to pro­ces­sors.’

In a sep­a­rate call from a Glen­coe res­i­dent, it was claimed Glen­coe Vis­i­tor Cen­tre has a lack of bins, lead­ing to green bin waste be­ing taken away with re­cy­clables. The coun­cil does not col­lect ex­cess waste out­with bins, but the caller claimed bin bags are be­ing left out of the bins, be­cause they are so full, and coun­cil work­ers are mix­ing the rub­bish.

He said: ‘All the peo­ple who walk their dogs in the area talk about how bad it is. The cen­tre doesn’t have enough bins.

‘Rather than get enough bins, peo­ple at the cen­tre are get­ting coun­cil work­ers to take ex­tra green waste rub­bish in the blue bin lorry.

‘I called the coun­cil to com­plain and they said they would deal with it. I know for a fact they know it’s go­ing on. It’s a big con­ser­va­tion char­ity and I imag­ine they’re mak­ing a huge amount of money so why can’t they get more bins?

The vis­i­tor cen­tre wel­comes al­most 240,000 vis­i­tors an­nu­ally and the Na­tional Trust for Scot­land (NTS) said there is ad­e­quate bin pro­vi­sion.

A spokesper­son for NTS said: ‘The cen­tre’s bins are col­lected by the coun­cil. The num­ber of bins and col­lec­tions varies through­out the year in line with the vis­i­tor sea­son.

‘The cen­tre has ad­e­quate bin pro­vi­sion with two bins for refuse emp­tied weekly in the win­ter and four bins from Easter to the end of June. To en­sure there is ex­tra ca­pac­ity this year, five bins will be emp­tied weekly in July and Au­gust, go­ing down to four again for Septem­ber and Oc­to­ber.

‘There are two bins for re­cy­cling which are emp­tied once a fort­night all year round.

‘The team fol­low the rel­e­vant rules re­lat­ing to waste man­age­ment, par­tic­u­larly around the sep­a­ra­tion of re­cy­clables. There has been one oc­ca­sion when the refuse lorry up­lifted the re­cy­clable bin.

‘This was af­ter a mem­ber of the pub­lic emp­tied bags of gen­eral waste into the re­cy­cling bin out- of-hours. The re­cy­cling lorry op­er­a­tors de­clared it con­tam­i­nated and could not take it.’ When asked by the Lochaber

Times if the coun­cil has any knowl­edge of this mix­ing of rub­bish a spokesper­son said: ‘ Waste and re­cy­clate are col­lected separately.’

The coun­cil added: ‘Busi­nesses are re­quired to con­sider their own par­tic­u­lar cir­cum­stance and re­quest a ser­vice that ad­e­quately man­ages the vol­ume of waste and re­cy­clate cre­ated.

‘The coun­cil is not aware of an is­sue in re­spect of the cur­rent level of ser­vice at the NTS.’

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