We’re currently changing the way South Ayrshire recycles, with two new smaller bins being introduced between October 2018 and April
2019 to increase the amount and quality of recycling collected, while also reducing the amount of waste sent to landfill.
South Ayrshire Council signed-up to the national Household Recycling Charter in 2016, which is designed to introduce a consistent
approach to recycling across Scotland. The Scottish Government is introducing a ban on items such as food waste going to landfill
from January 2021.
25,400 tonnes of waste was sent to landfill in 2017 which leads to increased costs to the public expense. At present large quantities
of recyclable materials and food waste are placed in general waste bins.
To improve South Ayrshire’s current household recycling rate of 52.5%, new ways of collecting materials are being put in place. Working
with Zero Waste Scotland, the Council is introducing an enhanced collection schedule between October 2018 and April 2019.
This introduces two new smaller bins for ‘Paper, Card and Cardboard’, and ‘Glass Bottles and Jars’, while the existing blue bins will
be used for ‘Metals, Plastics and Cartons’. The new system will deliver cleaner, separate materials that can be sold on to specialist
companies, providing additional income to support public services.