Thousands more people are about to start using South Ayrshire's new recycling service as part of the second stage of a Council campaign. 12,000 households in Mossblown and parts of Ayr and Prestwick are being encouraged to help increase the quality of the recycling collected while also increasing the amount of materials recycled.
Large quantities of recyclable materials and food waste are currently left in general waste bins and end up in landfill sites. Council figures suggest that 36% of waste left in green bins is food; 14% is paper, card and cardboard; and 11% is metal, plastic and cartons – all of which can be recycled. Every year more than 20,000 tonnes of household waste is sent to landfill, leading to increased costs to the public expense.
The Scottish Government has set a national target to recycle 70% of all waste by 2025. To improve South Ayrshire's current household recycling rate, which is just over 55%, new ways of collecting materials are being put in place. This development is being supported by a grant from Zero Waste Scotland which aims to improve consistency in recycling services across Scotland.
Two new smaller bins are being introduced for 'Paper, Card and Cardboard', and 'Glass Bottles and Jars', while the existing blue bins will be used for 'Metals, Plastics and Cartons'. Uplift of the 'Non-recyclable' green bin will change, with collections taking place every three weeks.
Councillor Ian Cochrane, South Ayrshire Council's Portfolio Holder for Sustainability and the Environment said the service was being rolled out in stages, "We're about to begin collections for the second phase of this major campaign, with people in Mossblown and parts of Ayr and Prestwick now ready to start using their new recycling service.
"We're counting on communities to help us to make a success of the service and, with positive feedback coming from properties in Girvan and Carrick, we're confident that people making the change will find this to be an easy transition.
"Looking ahead, it's a busy time for the campaign with the third stage due to go live at the start of December, with every household being contacted with detailed information well in advance of the start date."
The third stage of the programme will see the system introduced to 9,500 properties in Dundonald, Maidens, rural areas, as well as parts of Ayr and Troon in December 2018.
If you would like to know when the service is coming to your area please use the 'Your Neighbourhood' section on the South Ayrshire Council website or phone customer services on 0300 123 0900.