Coun­cil aims to re­duce land­fill waste

Campbeltown Courier - - NEWS -

Ar­gyll and Bute Coun­cil is in­creas­ing its ef­forts to re­duce waste go­ing to land­fill. The coun­cil agreed that it needs a waste strat­egy that meets gov­ern­ment reg­u­la­tions, ex­plores com­mer­cial op­por­tu­ni­ties from waste, and en­cour­ages closer work­ing with busi­nesses. The top pri­or­ity is to pre­vent waste in the first place, fol­lowed by re-use, re­cy­cling and re­cov­ery. In 2017, 48 per cent of waste in Ar­gyll and Bute was re­cy­cled, com­posted or re­cov­ered. This has to in­crease sub­stan­tially in or­der to com­ply with the 2021 biodegrad­able mu­nic­i­pal waste land­fill ban. As well as look­ing at tech­no­log­i­cal so­lu­tions to deal with waste, the coun­cil will also con­sider how it can work with the third sec­tor and busi­nesses to re­dis­tribute sur­plus food.

Im­por­tant

The coun­cil also states that train­ing and ed­u­ca­tion in food waste will be an im­por­tant part of the strat­egy, pos­si­bly in­clud­ing on­line in­for­ma­tion on the best ways to cut down such waste. Coun­cil­lor Roddy McCuish, pol­icy lead for en­vi­ron­ment, devel­op­ment and in­fra­struc­ture, said: ‘Here in Ar­gyll and Bute we re­cy­cle al­most half of our waste, and we thank our res­i­dents for their ef­forts. ‘There is still some way to go to meet gov­ern­ment tar­gets. ‘We are priv­i­leged to live in a re­gion with nat­u­ral beauty and clean air. To pre­serve this, we need to find a way of re­duc­ing the en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact of waste right across Ar­gyll and Bute.’ The pub­lic will be asked to give their views on the op­tions for the strat­egy early next year. Each area will be costed and how any tech­ni­cal so­lu­tions will im­pact on waste col­lec­tion will be set out.

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