Have say on plans for waste strat­egy changes

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - LOCAL NEWS -

The views of res­i­dents in Aberdeen­shire are be­ing sought on pro­posed waste col­lec­tion changes.

Aberdeen­shire Coun­cil re­leased its re­cy­cling and waste strat­egy ear­lier this month. It pro­poses re­duced bin space for land­fill waste dis­posal, in­creased re­cy­cling ser­vices and the re­fine­ment of re­cy­cling fa­cil­i­ties.

Its re­cy­cling rate is 43.5%, but should be 70%.

Five re­cy­cling cen­tres are also pro­posed to close to al­low for bet­ter ser­vice at other cen­tres.

In­fra­struc­ture ser­vices com­mit­tee chair­man Peter Ar­gyle said: “We have been talk­ing about re­duc­ing waste sent to land­fill and in­creas­ing the re­use and re­cy­cling

“We need to make the most of the waste we pro­duce”

of valu­able ma­te­ri­als for some time.

“We can’t go on sim­ply talk­ing about it and ig­nor­ing the fact that we as a so­ci­ety are fail­ing, so this new strat­egy seeks to tackle that.

“The time has come to make phys­i­cal changes which will sup­port the ur­gent need to do some­thing about our at­ti­tude to the waste we pro­duce.”

Com­mit­tee vicechair­man John Cox said: “Aberdeen­shire’s re­cy­cling rate in re­cent years has clearly plateaued, de­spite the in­tro­duc­tion of new ser­vices mak­ing it even eas­ier to do.

“So, clearly, we need to do more to make the most of the waste we pro­duce.

“Other lo­cal au­thor­i­ties have had suc­cess tak­ing the route pro­posed for Aberdeen­shire.”

The con­sul­ta­tion runs un­til Septem­ber 28.

Views can be given at lo­cal li­braries, coun­cil ser­vice points and also on­line.

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