Recycle more, cut waste to landfill

Reducing the amount of waste going to landfill saves money, helps protect services and through re-use and recycling is climate-friendly. 

One move to reduce the amount that goes to landfill is to contact households currently putting out a second green bin, to ensure that those who are eligible get one, and those who are not eligible have information on how to produce less waste by recycling more.

You are eligible for this service if:

  • There are five or more people in your household
  • Someone in your household has a medical condition which means more waste is generated

Second blue bins, for recycling plastic, paper, cartons, tins etc, are available free to households.

People not entitled to an extra green bin, because they don’t meet the criteria for the service, may be able to reduce what they put in the green bin by recycling more.

Councillor Ross Moreland, Policy Lead for Climate Change and Environment, said: “It is vital that we find ways of reducing household waste and get into the habit of recycling more. We have to pay for every tonne we send to landfill. We don’t have to pay for what we send for recycling. It’s an easy way to save money at a time when council services, that communities need, are threatened by budget gaps. It’s also an important step in looking after the environment we all depend on and developing climate-friendly lifestyles.

“This review will not affect those people who need an extra green bin, but we do need to encourage others to recycle more. This isn’t something the council can do on its own. Each and every one of us has a responsibility to reduce, reuse and recycle for now and for the future.”

The review will begin in June 2024, so look out for letters, information on social media or in local news. You don’t have to do anything until contacted.

Find out what you can recycle where you live. 

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