Aberdeenshire residents are being encouraged to Recycle On The Go (ROTG), using units now to be found in a growing list of towns across the area as part of National Recycling Week 2013 which runs from 17 – 23 June.
The ROTG units have containers for plastic bottles and food and drink cans and foil, as well as litter, and many people are already making good use of them. To highlight the new ROTG facilities, an online competition is being run to match photos of the containers to their location in Aberdeenshire, with garden centre vouchers to be won.
Peter Argyle Chairman of Aberdeenshire Council’s Infrastructure Services Committee said
These facilities are designed to give people an option to recycle waste when they are out and about, as an alternative to simply throwing it in the bin.
As we move towards the introduction of legislation which requires us all to recycle a lot more, Recycle Week is a good opportunity to highlight ways to do this. For many people putting waste in the bin when they are out and about is second nature, so I hope remembering to use recycling facilities will also become instinctive.
Director of Zero Waste Scotland, Iain Gulland, said
Recycle Week highlights the importance of recycling wherever we are, and is a great time to reflect on how well Scotland is doing in using all the facilities on offer at home, through central collection points, when we’re at work, shopping or anywhere else.
Scottish households are already helping to reduce landfill costs by £20 million a year by putting items to be recycled in their kerbside recycling collection. We’ve seen councils introduce collections for materials such as plastic bottles, cans, and even food waste, and the support people in Scotland have shown for this is fantastic.
However there’s still more we can do to help capture the value of unwanted materials. Recycling when we’re away from the home could help us move towards our zero waste ambitions. In fact, if everyone in Scotland recycled just one extra can a month we could make carbon savings equivalent to making over 115 million cups of tea.
Recycle Week offers a great opportunity for us all to join together and celebrate how far we’ve come already, and to make an extra effort to recycle more.
Follow this link to enter the Recycling On The Go competition to win some garden centre vouchers.
If you want to find out more about recycling in Aberdeenshire you can visit the Aberdeenshire Waste Facebook page.