East Ayrshire Council was recognised at the prestigious MRW National Recycling Awards in London last week.
The awards recognise and highlight excellence and innovation within the recycling and resource management sector.
To be shortlisted for an award entrants have to demonstrate clear strategy, improvement, innovation and creative solutions.
The Waste Services team was named as a finalist in the local authority innovation category for their recycling and waste collection strategy. The team faced stiff competition from seven large local authorities and were just pipped to the trophy by Dorset Waste Partnership.
Councillor Douglas Reid, Leader of the Council said: “Over the past five years the Council has rolled out an innovative recycling and waste collection strategy which has focused on providing our communities with a full range of recycling kerbside.
“Locally 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 with almost 1000 additional recycling containers being requested by householders.”
Councillor Eoghann MacColl, Cabinet Member for Housing and Communities said: “Through improved access to recycling from home, there has been a subsequent reduction in the amount of waste going to landfill. This means the Council continues to meet the recycling targets set by the Scottish Government and avoids hefty landfill tax at a time when budgets are ever decreasing.
“To be recognised at a UK level is a great achievement. East Ayrshire was the only Scottish local authority to be named as a finalist; this is credit to the Council as a whole and the Waste Services team in particular who have acted innovatively and with a clear improvement agenda at all times.”