Vow to im­prove re­cy­cling rates

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen) - - NEWS -

Aberdeen coun­cil chiefs have vowed re­cy­cling fig­ures will im­prove af­ter lat­est sta­tis­tics show col­lec­tions rose just half a per­cent in a year in the city.

Fig­ures from the Scot­tish En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency showed that just 39% of waste was re­cy­cled in the Gran­ite City in 2016 – up just 0.5% from 2015.

The av­er­age for Scot­tish coun­cils was 45.2%.

But last night a coun­cil spokes­woman said fol­low­ing a roll­out of new en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly bin col­lec­tions that rates were set to im­prove for 2016.

She said: “The re­cy­cling fig­ures for 2016 show a mod­est im­prove­ment in re­cy­cling rates for the city and there was a ma­jor trans­for­ma­tion of col­lec­tions un­der­taken in March and April this year. As a re­sult, we an­tic­i­pate the re­sults for 2017 will show a sig­nif­i­cant im­prove­ment thanks to the ef­forts of house­hold­ers across the city to make full use of the new re­cy­cling ser­vices. In re­la­tion to the city’s re­cy­cling targets com­pared to the as­pi­ra­tional targets set by Scot­tish Govern­ment, the city’s strat­egy re­flects the re­al­ity that cities across the world find achiev­ing very high re­cy­cling rates in com­par­i­son to other less densely pop­u­lated ar­eas.

“The targets set by the city match or ex­ceed those of the high­est per­form­ing cities in the UK or Europe.”

“There was a ma­jor trans­for­ma­tion of col­lec­tions”

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