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Bins finally set to be used - after five years

BOXES purchased as part of the council’s failed recycling scheme could soon be handed out . . . almost five years after they were bought.

Hundreds of thousands of 44-litre recycling boxes, bought in 2014 for a five-bin recycling system, may now be given to people to store their dry recyclates and ultimately use them to transport recyclable glass to central points.

Councillors on the waste strategy implementation sub committee will meet on Friday to agree to the move ahead of the kerbside recycling project rollout. The local authority’s new plan for bringing recycling to the masses will see households receive three bins, which will be collected on a cyclical basis. The report details that some people have lodged concerns about storing three bins.

Report author James McLeod, infrastructure manager, explained that some people have advised they would unable or unwilling to have three bins and would prefer hessian sacks. However, officers have recommended that they only be provided to households currently in receipt of orange sacks due to concerns about manual handling issues. He also states: “In the vast majority of cases, property that can accommodate one 240 litre wheeled bin will be able to accommodate three 240 litre wheeled bins. Any request from a property with a wheeled bin will not be eligible for the provision of hessian sacks for dry recyclates.”

In October last year, councillors agreed to invest £8.2 million to deliver a compliant waste service, dependent on funding commitments from Scottish Government. Work is underway to acquire 26 refuse collection vehicles and five food waste vehicles. Options for non-fossil-fuel based vehicles have been considered but it has been decided the technology is not sufficiently advanced.

The report does not mention when the new system will be brought in, but Mr McLeod said that the tendering process is underway.

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