New service going live in Helensburgh, Lomond and Mid-Argyll on Monday 31 October
A household information pack containing a calendar with both collection dates and advice on how to use different bins, a letter, and a frequently asked questions sheet will arrive through the doors of households in Helensburgh and Lomond by the end of this week.
Argyll and Bute Council is introducing a new refuse and recycling service across the area – keeping recycling services as they are and moving to a three-weekly schedule for general waste (green) bins.
This is the second phase, following on from the successful implementation of the new services in Kintyre and on Mull, Islay, Jura and Bute earlier this month.
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, explained: “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 will be staying the same as they are now. 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.
“The packs will provide information about the changes, how to use the services and new collection dates. All of the information is also available on the council website.”
Some of the key points about the new service are:
- Additional recycling bins will be 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 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.