Argyll and Bute Council’s new refuse and recycling collection service has led to an increase in recycling.
The new model – keeping recycling collection services as they are and moving to a three-weekly schedule for general (green) bins was introduced in three phases over October and November.
Chair of the Mid-Argyll, Kintyre and the Islands Area Committee, Councillor Rory Colville, said:
“We have seen a big increase in recycling on Islay and in Kintyre, with our partners at Kintyre Recycling Limited (KRL) gaining around 300 new customers. The council’s partnership with KRL is a real success story and we would like to thank them for their support as we have introduced the new model.
“They’ve also held a number of information events to highlight the benefits of recycling, which has resulted in a big increase in the volume of recyclable material they process each week, which is obviously to be welcomed. “
Chair of the Helensburgh and Lomond Area Committee, Councillor Gary Mulvaney, said:
“We’ve seen a big increase in food recycling, which is great.
“We would like to highlight two things. We are operating a double shift pattern in Helensburgh and Lomond. This means we collect bins between 6am and 10pm, so if you get home from your normal working day and your bin hasn’t been collected it is likely that yours is an evening collection route.
“Over the festive period, due to public holidays, we tend to have a different timetable, meaning bins will be collected a day later – if your collection day is a Monday, your bin will be collected on a Tuesday, Tuesday’s collection on Wednesday and so on. If you are due for a Friday collection, this will happen on the Saturday. This is both between Christmas and New Year and the week after New Year.
“If your bin doesn’t get collected on the day you expect you should leave it out the next day.”
Chair of the Oban, Lorn and the Isles Area Committee, Councillor Roddy McCuish, said:
“We would like to thank our staff who have worked diligently to keep things on track following the recent depot fire at Mill Park.
“We are aware of general concerns in the Soroba area. We’ve been in discussions with the housing association and are looking to create space for additional large recycling bins. We’ll put an extra run on this week and will monitor the situation. We’ll also be arranging meetings with residents to clarify things and remind people of the various recycling options available to them.”
Chair of the Bute and Cowal Area Committee, Councillor Alex McNaughton, said:
“We would like to highlight a few things. We are operating a double shift pattern in Cowal. This means we collect bins between 6am and 10pm, so if you get home from your normal working day and your bin hasn’t been collected it is likely that yours is an evening collection route.
“We’d also like to point out that there are some instances when blue and green bins are collected on the same day – they are collected at different times by different lorries.
“Lastly, depending on how we have programmed the routes, neighbouring properties may have their bins collected on different days. Don’t just put your bins out at the same time as your neighbours!
“We would also like to thank our partners in Fyne Futures on Bute for working with us to effectively implement the new arrangements.”
Councillor Ellen Morton, Policy Lead for Roads and Amenity Services, said:
“Like all councils we have to change the way we do things because of drastically reduced funding, with £10million of savings this year alone. At the same time we have to reduce the amount of waste that goes to landfill because we pay over £80 in tax for every tonne.
“Argyll and Bute Council is totally committed to recycling, which is why we have protected that part of the service. Recycling arrangements stay the same, and I’m happy to see that they are being really well used. By taking advantage of the recycling options available people can save space in their green bin, save money for council services and save money for themselves. By throwing away less food people could save hundreds of pounds each year; money which is better in their pocket than in the bin.
“We are making additional blue bins available for free to anyone that wants one. I’m delighted to hear that we have had even more requests than we predicted – very positive news. This has meant we need to order more blue bins, and it will take a little while for them to arrive and then to be delivered to households.
“The more we can work together to recycle the more money we can save. We can then protect the services people have told us are important to them like investing in regeneration projects, educating our young people, improving our road network and supporting vulnerable people. “
Key points about the new service
The council is asking people to clearly label their bins so that the waste team can track and monitor waste collections and identify where improvements can be made. If people could clearly mark their bins with their house name or number within two months of the new waste collections starting it would be very helpful.
Arrangements can be made for certain households to have a second green bin – where there are five or more people, where someone has a medical condition that generates waste or where families have children using nappies and all other recycling options have been considered.
A high number of applications have been received for additional green bins and these are being processed as quickly as possible.
Environmental wardens are available to advise on what can be recycled and how householders can recycle more.
Waste and recyclable material can be taken to any of the council’s civic amenity sites.
Further information is available at www.argyll-bute.gov.uk/bins
To request additional recycling bins, contact an environmental warden, or find out about a second general waste bin if you qualify for one, please call 01546 605514.