Increase in recycling following the introduction of the new refuse and recycling collection model

Published Date: 

22 Nov 2016 - 16:25

The introduction of the new refuse and recycling collection service has led to an increase in recycling in several areas.

Argyll and Bute Council introduced a new refuse and recycling service in two phases over the course of October, with the third phase set to go live from the start of next week – keeping recycling services as they are and moving to a three-weekly schedule for general waste (green) bins.

So far the service has been implemented in Kintyre, Mid-Argyll, Helensburgh and Lomond and on Mull, Islay, Jura and Bute.

The third and final phase will go live in Oban, Lorn and Cowal and on Lismore, Tiree, Coll and Colonsay on Monday 28 November.

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. 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. In Helensburgh and Lomond we are seeing a huge rise in the use of the food and glass waste bins, as well as a slight increase in the use of blue bins.

“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!

“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.

“We’d like to thank people for increasing their recycling and for their patience as we have implemented the changes.”

Some key points about the new service are:

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. 

In Helensburgh and Lomond bins are being collected both in the morning, the afternoon and the early evening. If you come home from work around 6pm and your bin hasn’t been collected it is likely that yours is an evening collection route.

A high number of applications have been received for additional green bins and these are being processed as quickly as possible.

Additional recycling bins are available free of charge.

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.

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 also at    

Use our online form to request additional recycling bins.  Find out about a second general waste bin and if you qualify for one or call 01546 605514.