Three weekly bin collection proposed

Plans to move to a three-weekly bin collection in Aberdeenshire could be given the go-ahead next week.

By Kirstie Topp – Local Democracy Reporter

The new waste and recycling kerbside collection plan could cost up to £4 million to implement.

Under the updated proposals a new 180L bin will be provided to 122,000 households across the region to recycle various containers such as plastic bottles, cans and cartons.

The blue lidded bin currently used for mixed recycling will be used for paper and card only while the existing green food waste bins will continue to be collected each week.

Aberdeenshire Council has estimated that the new kerbside collection measures would help to divert up to 6,434 tonnes of material from landfill to recycling, while increasing the local authority’s recycling rate to 45-49 per cent by 2023.

The three week waste collection was initially supported by the committee back in May 2019 and the council requested £3.2 million from Zero Waste Scotland (ZWS) to help with the purchase of new bins.

However the plans were put on hold after ZWS refused to award the council the money.

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An “interim solution” was proposed by the council for three week collections of the current two bins in 2019 however it was delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Now an award of £3.4 million has been made available to the council from the Scottish Government’s Recycling Improvement Fund, administered by ZWS, and councillors have been asked to accept it.

The £70 million Fund will be used to support changes to recycling infrastructure across the country and enable Scotland to reach its ambitious waste and recycling targets and net zero commitment.

The move to a three-weekly cycle will see the council’s collections align with the Scottish Government’s Charter for Household Recycling.

If the plan is approved the new three week service is expected to begin in August and could be completed by June next year.

All residents would receive an information leaflet in the post to inform them of the changes.

Members of the Infrastructure Services Committee will consider the updated Waste Strategy proposals on Thursday, January 20.

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