Resident claims green and blue bin waste is not being separated
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.’