Argyll and Bute Council’s Leader, Councillor Robin Currie, and Chief Executive, Pippa Milne, have formally signed up to the Scottish Government’s Household Recycling Charter and Code of Practice on behalf of the council.
This continues the council’s strong commitment to reducing its carbon emissions and tackling climate change.
Argyll and Bute already complies with the majority of the essential requirements outlined in the charter’s Code of Practice.
Leader of the council, Councillor Robin Currie, said: “This underlines the council’s commitment to tackling climate change. New legislation, such as the Deposit Return Scheme and the Landfill Ban, will bring the Code of Practice under review. By signing up to the Charter, the council will now play and active role in the consultation process of the review. This is important given that Argyll and Bute’s geography presents unique challenges when collecting and processing waste, across dispersed communities and multiple islands.”
Pippa Milne, Chief Executive, added: “This is the right thing to do at this time. We are working hard to promote the ‘reduce, reuse, recycle’ message in Argyll and Bute and we thank our communities for doing all they can to cut down on avoidable waste. Signing up to the Charter will make it possible to apply for practical and financial support from Zero Waste Scotland to help Argyll and Bute comply with future charter guidelines.”
Adrian Bond, Recycling Programme Manager, Zero Waste Scotland, said: “Argyll and Bute’s decision to sign up to the Household Recycling Charter is extremely welcome and an important step forward for the Charter nationally. It’s also welcome that Argyll and Bute will contribute to the review of the Charter, as, with a significant rural area to cover, the council will have an important contribution to make around delivering recycling services in areas with a more dispersed population.
“Overall, this is another important demonstration of continued strong joint working as we all aim to increase the quantity and quality of recycling and make further progress towards Scotland’s national recycling targets.”