Thousands of people are about to start using South Ayrshire's new recycling service as part of the third stage of a Council campaign. 9,500 households Ayr, Prestwick, Troon, and a number of rural properties 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 Environment said the rollout was going well. "The recycling campaign is now at the halfway mark, with more than 28,000 homes now using the new service.
"Feedback that we've had from the first area to go live in Girvan and Carrick suggests that the majority of households are now sorting their reusable waste to complement the new bins, which helps South Ayrshire to meet national targets and recycle as much as possible.
"We'll continue to rollout the service in the New Year and households will be sent detailed information well in advance, with the campaign due to be completed in April."
The fourth stage of the programme will see the system introduced to 9,500 properties in Annbank, Barassie and Loans as well as parts of Ayr, Prestwick, Troon, Maybole and a number of rural properties between Ayr and Maybole in February 2019.
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.