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Recycling in Moray is all set to ‘wheelie’ take off over the next few weeks as new recycling bins are rolled out to the main centres of population in Moray, having already been successfully rolled out in rural areas.
Approximately 65,400 blue and purple bins will be delivered to 32,700 properties in Forres, Keith, Speyside, Buckie, Lossiemouth and Elgin areas, with the deliveries beginning around mid-March and taking about seven weeks to complete.
It is the latest stage in the council’s ongoing drive to encourage recycling and reduce the volume of waste going to the landfill site at Dallachy.
The blue bin will replace the blue box that households currently have and will be for all paper and cardboard, while the purple bin will be for all plastic bottles as well as cans, tins, aerosols and tin foil that currently go into the orange box.
Once the bins are delivered the purpose of the orange box will change and it will be used for glass bottles and jars only.
Servicing of the new bins and the orange box will be on a fortnightly basis.
Last year the council paid over £2million in landfill tax. Reducing waste and recycling as much as possible will reduce this cost dramatically and enable council funding to be put to better use.
The introduction of plastic bottle recycling at the kerbside will make a big difference to the amount of green bin waste since bottles tend to take up a lot of bin space.
And with less waste going to landfill there will be less need for households to present more than one green bin for emptying. Therefore once the new recycling bins are in place, single-bin servicing will be enforced with only one bin being serviced per household.
A series of roadshows across each area have been scheduled so householders can find out more – Click here to find your nearest event.
Further information on the new bin rollout can be obtained by contacting the Council’s Waste Hotline on 01343 557045 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Waste Management Section looks forward to everyone’s continued support in helping to increase Moray’s recycling rate and reducing the amount of costly landfill.
Moray Council is calling for householders to step up their efforts to recycle as much of their waste as possible, helping to ensure that Moray meets tough recycling targets set by Scottish Government of 50% recycling/composting by 2013.
Moray householders are currently recycling and composting 46% of their waste, a great achievement, but it is not enough.
Last year, Moray Council landfilled 29,054 tonnes of waste collected from households. At the 2011/2012 landfill tax rate of £56/tonne, this cost the Council over £1.6million. With landfill tax increasing by £8/tonne per year, this bill will climb unless more waste is diverted from landfill.
With the increased capacity provided by the kerbside recycling service, it is now easier than ever to recycle, however recent waste audits have shown that a sizeable portion of domestic refuse that should have gone for recycling was still being put in the green bin for disposal at landfill.
Moray Council’s Kerbside Collection Policy stipulates that the standard service provided to domestic properties is the servicing of one refuse bin per household with no excess waste (waste outside the bin) being uplifted. The servicing of additional bins or collection of excess waste undermines efforts to achieve a reduction in landfill and meet the Zero Waste Plan targets.
From 8th October 2012, the Waste Monitoring Team will start enforcing this policy, meaning a fairer deal for the majority of households who dispose of their waste responsibly by separating out materials for recycling and only present one wheeled-bin of refuse per fortnight.
Household refuse bins will be labelled and an information leaflet will be applied to the bin advising householders how and when they will be affected.
Councillor Fiona Murdoch, who chairs Moray Council’s Economic Development & Infrastructure Services Committee, said: “With the council facing budget cuts of £30 million, spending almost £2 million a year on landfill tax is a luxury we cannot afford.
No-one should need more than one green bin per household – and there are arrangements in place for those who have special circumstances – so I would appeal to all householders to up their game when it comes to recycling, particularly of food waste.
This enforcement of the council’s kerbside collection policy will not affect most people who already manage their waste effectively with one bin – but it is a wake-up call for those who are being less careful with their rubbish. The Waste Team are on hand to help if anyone has particular issues.”
Householders are reminded to ensure they fully utilise kerbside recycling facilities and where possible Recycling Points or Centres for any extra recycling.
Alternative options are available for households which create excess waste as a result of large families or medical issues and additional recycling containers are also available on request by calling the Waste Hotline on 01343 557045 or emailing email@example.com, where arrangements can also be made for surplus bins to be uplifted.
A ‘Plastic Bottles Only’ skip has been placed at the recycling point at Speymouth Hall, Mosstodloch for a trial period. You can recycle a plastic bottle if it has the Type 1 PET or Type 2 HDPE symbol on it. For further information please contact the Waste Hotline on 01343 557045.
Pupils from two Speyside Primary Schools were rewarded for their efforts in the recent Schools WEEE competition organised by the Waste Team from Moray Council. Glenlivet Primary won the main prize of £200 worth of computer equipment kindly donated by ReBoot in Forres, (www.Reboot-Forres.co.uk), while Tomintoul Primary received a selection of litter pickers from the Waste Team as runners up. Read more about the competition.
In summer 2011, the Waste Monitoring Team of The Moray Council carried out their annual domestic waste audit from households across Moray. The audit involved sorting through the contents of bins from a random 2% sample of properties from collection routes over 5 days, segregating the waste into 47 different categories. While it was not a particularly pleasant task for the team, it is a very important task, as the results can be used to highlight problems and trends, allowing the waste section to see where improvements or changes might be suitable for the current recycling service.
The audit covered rural properties on 2 days and urban properties on 3 days. The average weight of the rural waste bin was 18.8kg per week compared to 7.35kg per week for the urban bin. This was to be expected as the rural areas audited were not on the kerbside recycling scheme. Including recycling, the overall weight of waste produced by urban households was 20.75kg. Surprisingly the heaviest proportion of rural bins was that of garden waste, at just over 25% of the total weight, due to the presence of grass cuttings and plants. This was followed by organic kitchen waste which made up over 18% of the average bin, or a staggering 3.5kg of food waste per household per week!
It was disappointing to find that 13% of the average urban bin was made up of recyclable paper, glass and cans, materials which could easily have been recycled using the blue and orange boxes. Clearly, there is scope for some householders in urban areas to increase the amount of material that they currently presenting for recycling. Importantly, 36% was organic kitchen waste. Since the audit was carried out, food waste collections have been introduced to those properties on the kerbside recycling scheme, whereby food waste is placed in the garden waste bin. With food waste representing the largest proportion of the average urban bin by far, this new service should significantly reduce the amount of waste being sent to landfill.
Rural bins contained a high percentage of recyclable paper, glass and cans at 20%, although this was almost expected due to the lack of kerbside recycling facilities available. Organic garden waste, food waste and plastic bottles accounted for another 46%.
A major improvement to recycling service provision in Moray will be the introduction of kerbside recycling to all properties across the county which do not currently receive the service. This will start being implemented at the end of October this year and will comprise a brown bin for garden and food waste, a 140ltr blue bin for paper and card, a 140ltr purple bin for cans and plastic bottles and an orange box for glass. If used to their full potential, it should be possible for rural residents to recycle an incredible 66% of their current waste, well above Moray’s current recycling rate of around 40%.
The opportunity is there for the rural residents of Moray to lead the way in recycling, and it will be interesting to see how well they are doing when the next waste audit is carried out next year!
Zero Waste Scotland has launched an improved version of their popular ‘Sort It’ website. This is designed to make it easier for the Scottish public to reduce, reuse and recycle more of their household waste Read more about sorting your waste. Click here to visit the newly designed Sort-it website
Towards Zero Waste The Scottish Government has published its first Zero Waste Plan which details the actions and steps that will drive Scotland towards a zero waste society. The plan was unveiled by Cabinet Secretary for the Environment and Rural Affairs Richard Lochhead and introduces the idea of landfill bans on certain materials to encourage prevention and reuse, as well as stating that a waste prevention programme will be developed for all waste in Scotland.
You can read the full Zero Waste Plan here.
The Moray Council continues to strive to maintain a high recycling rate. To help encourage everyone in the area to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle as much as they can, the council works in partnership with the National Waste Aware Scotland Campaign. Details of recent campaigns, including the Reduce Unwanted Mail and Love Food Hate Waste Campaigns can be found on the Zero Waste Scotland website. This can also provide resources and information about other ways to help protect our environment by reducing the amount of waste going to landfill.
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Waste Aware Guide - New Format
In order to reduce the impact of unwanted mail the Waste Aware Guide and domestic Collection Calendar have been developed in an electronic format and are available for download by clicking on the links. Whilst planning the change in format it became clear that an opportunity existed to redesign the layout of the collection calendar which now lends itself to one calendar no matter the recycling implementation phase. We have created an online tool so you can find out when your bin collection day is. Click here to try it out.
To arrange a paper copy of the guide/updates please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01343 557045
Love Food Hate Waste - Over £1 billion worth of food is wasted by consumers in Scotland each year. That's an average of £430 per household! If we stopped wasting all this food we could prevent the equivalent of 1.7 million tonnes of carbon dioxide each year in Scotland. This is the same as taking 1 in 4 cars off the road. For information on reducing your food waste, including advice and recipes from some of Scotland's top chefs and food writers please visit www.wasteawarelovefood.org.uk
Stop Unwanted Mail - There are five easy ways that you can reduce the amount of unwanted mail you receive and benefit the environment.