South Ayrshire Council Selected as Finalists in National Recycling Awards
South Ayrshire Council have been selected as joint finalists for the Partnership Excellence–Public/Private Sector Award at the National Recycling Awards 2020.
The Council's Waste Management team were shortlisted alongside Egbert Taylor, a leader in international waste management solutions, for their innovative euro bin partnership initiative.
The partnership came about when the Council was looking for a solution to minimise bin contamination, and make it more difficult to put incorrect items into our recycling bins.
We worked with Egbert Taylor to trial their patented T-Lock system on euro bins in one targeted area. This unique system means bin lids lock automatically when closed over. We also trialled a restricted 'Lid in Lid' opening, which can be seen in the picture below.
The trial was a huge success. Before we piloted the system 100% of dry mixed recycling waste generated from this area was sent to landfill and since its introduction, we have reduced contamination by an impressive 35%.
We have now implemented the new system in domestic euro bins across South Ayrshire.
We are delighted to be invited along with Egbert Taylor to attend the prestigious awards ceremony which will be held at the London Hilton Park Lane on Tuesday 15 December.
Councillor Ian Cochrane, South Ayrshire Council's Portfolio Holder for Environment said: "This project has been a great success for the Council and its residents. I'm delighted that our Waste Management team have been recognised for their efforts.
"The trial has already seen excellent results, with contamination levels reduced significantly in the targeted trial area.
"The team work extremely hard to meet ambitious waste and recycling targets, so to be nominated for an award at a national level is a tremendous achievement."
More information on bins and recycling can be found on our website www.south-ayrshire.gov.uk/bins-and-recycling/