Recycling in Scotland is increasing and an annual report published by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) shows East Ayrshire to be well above the national average.
SEPA published the report on the 2016 calendar year summary of household waste. The report detailed the quantity of household waste generated, recycled and sent to landfill for each local authority in Scotland.
And East Ayrshire has performed very well.
The average recycling rate was 45.2% while East Ayrshire recycled 53.3% of household waste. Even better news, East Ayrshire is only sending 36.2% of waste to landfill compared to the national figure of 45.3%.
Councillor Douglas Reid, Leader of the Council said: “Over the past six years the Council has developed a recycling and waste collection strategy which has focused on providing our communities with a full range of kerbside recycling.
“We have seen a huge change in public attitudes, with our residents really getting behind the recycling service. The demand for recycling from home has increased significantly and with this in mind we are going to be making further improvements in the coming months.
“East Ayrshire will be the first authority in Scotland to introduce an innovative recycling trolley which will allow Waste Management Services to roll out a new weekly recycling collection service.
“I am confident that our residents will benefit from the new weekly recycling collection service and that the new system will stop waste being sent to landfill.”
East Ayrshire will be the first local authority in Scotland to introduce an innovative recycling trolley, thanks to funding from the Scottish Government, which will be convenient, easy to use and easy to store.
The trolley, which will replace the blue bin, will allow paper, card, glass, cans and household plastics and cartons to be stacked and wheeled to the pavement together.
A letter will be issued to all householders shortly explaining the new recycling service. Details, including frequently asked questions, will also be available on the Council’s website in the coming weeks and Waste Management Services will be available to answer any questions you may have. Call 01563 554033 or email firstname.lastname@example.org