Renfrewshire Council

New plans considered for Renfrewshire recycling

Councillors will consider new measures to ensure Renfrewshire continues to play its part in achieving Scotland's zero waste plan.

Scotland's national targets include recycling 70 per cent of household waste by 2025 and a ban on untreated waste going to landfill by 2021.

Additional collections and enhanced recycling services have seen Renfrewshire's recycling performance improve by more than 10 percent over the last seven years to 48.5 per cent.

Further proposals will now be considered to ensure Renfrewshire is on target in a report to the Infrastructure, Land and Environment Policy Board on Wednesday 8 November.

Detailed data from a review of the Council's kerbside collection arrangements and recycling performance has informed the following proposals:

  • Householders would receive a collection service for at least one bin every week
  • Blue bin contents will be separated into two bins, the blue bin for paper and card and a new bin (provided free of charge) solely for plastics, cans and glass. Each recycling bin will be collected on alternate fortnights
  • Grey bin waste will be collected every three weeks
  • Brown bin food and garden waste would continue to be collected fortnightly.

The proposals relate to Renfrewshire's 60,000 households and flats with a kerbside collection in place.

There is no proposed collection change to the bulk and communal waste bin collections for residents in high rise flats, tenements and maisonettes which use communal bins. Communal and bulk bin areas will be enhanced to enable better segregation of waste.

If approved, the new measures would be implemented by Autumn 2018 with a public awareness and information campaign in advance.

The proposals are anticipated to cost £1.3million to implement and deliver savings each year, largely from reduced disposal costs as a result of the improved quality of waste materials.

Renfrewshire's recycling performance has been bolstered by the introduction of weekly collections since 2009 alongside additional household food and garden waste collections; enhanced 'recycling bank' facilities and an on-request textile collection service.

Renfrewshire is also one of five local authorities working together on the Clyde Valley Residual Waste Treatment and Disposal Project which will divert the Council's waste from landfill and see it treated to produce energy.

Councillor Cathy McEwan, Convener of the Infrastructure, Land and Environment Policy Board said: "We are committed to delivering on national targets for waste management and recycling and these proposals set out the actions we can take to ensure we continue to make vital progress.

"Through initiatives like the Clyde Valley Residual Waste Treatment and Disposal Project we are working hard towards these ambitious national recycling targets, but of course our recycling performance in 2016 underlines the fact that we can, and must do much more.

"It is essential that we adopt a new approach and improve both the quantity and quality of recycling in Renfrewshire, not just because of national targets or because it is more cost-effective, but because it is the right thing to do.

"We recognise these proposals will bring change to the doorsteps of Renfrewshire residents and that's why it is vital that we lead a public awareness campaign to ensure people understand the changes and the crucial role they can play in improving the local environment.

"These proposals are another example of our aim to improve pride in our place, alongside campaigns such as Team Up to Clean Up, which is already seeing fantastic community engagement."

Published on 3 November 2017

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