Changes to the network of Household Waste and Recycling Centres (HWRCs) in Aberdeenshire will take effect from Monday, April 29.
The changes come as part of a new Waste Strategy which aims to push up the area’s recycling rate and slash the amount of materials sent to landfill ahead of a ban on the practice.
In Turriff the changes will see the skip shutting 30 minutes earlier at 4:30 pm each day and at 4 pm on Fridays.
The seasonal late opening on Tuesdays between April & September are also being cut back by an hour to 7 pm rather than the current 8 pm.
Additional staffing at each HWRC is expected to come into effect from summer. More staff will be available to assist residents and advise on the best suitable container for their waste.
This increase in customer service was trialled in 2016, with a 5% increase in recycling, and will be rolled out to recycling centres to help increase recycling rates and decrease waste disposal costs.
Ros Baxter, Waste Manager, said
These improvements to HWRCs are intended to provide an equitable level of service for all communities within existing budgets.
We hope the recycling rate will increase at each site, which will in turn reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill by the area as a whole, potentially saving money which can then be reinvested.
Matt Davis, Disposal Team Manager, added
The majority of the area’s HWRCs are well used and all local communities are within relatively easy reach of one, so we hope we will see people making good use of them into the future.
As well as providing additional local employment, the increase in customer service should be noticeable, with a knock-on effect for recycling rates while reducing materials sent to landfill.
Another change that will take place from 3 June, the Household Waste and Recycling Centres will no longer accept tyres or asbestos for recylcing. These must now be disposed of by commercial contractors or when the tyres are changed.
Information about HWRCs and opening times can be found on the Aberdeenshire Council website.
A full list of items that can and can’t be recycled can be found here on the council website.