Recycling on the rise in Argyll and Bute

Published Date: 

15 Mar 2018 - 13:08

Argyll and Bute Council’s three weekly collections are paying off, with the amount of waste going to landfill having fallen by 3% in 2017, compared with the previous year.


At the Council’s Environment, Development and Infrastructure Committee, members heard how 18,556 tonnes of biodegradable waste went to landfill last year, compared with 20,949 tonnes in 2016 – a drop of 2.5%.


Members also heard how 49.4% of waste in Argyll and Bute is now recycled, composted and recovered, compared with 46.5% in 2016.


Councillor Roddy McCuish, the Council’s Policy Lead for Roads and Amenity Services, said: “These figures are extremely encouraging and I would like to thank our local communities for getting on board with us and doing their bit for the environment. This isn’t something that we can do alone - we really need people to get on side.


“However, it’s important that we don’t become complacent. We need to continue our efforts to ensure our recycling rates continue to rise, and our landfill figures continue to decrease.


“Argyll and Bute is the second largest council area in Scotland, with 25 inhabited islands. This clearly has its own challenges compared with other local authorities, but we must work together to do everything we can to recycle and reduce landfill.


“In January 2021 a ban will be introduced by the Scottish Government on biodegradable waste to landfill. It is therefore vital that we are doing everything we can to increase our recycling even more by then.”