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By Abbey Morton
Annan and Eskdale
Date set for new bin system

HOUSEHOLDS look set to receive their new multiple bin set up in a matter of weeks, it has been revealed this week.

Councillor Stephen Thompson, who covers Annandale North, has shared details showing that Dumfries and Galloway Council’s new waste and recycling service expects to roll out the three-bin system from March for Stewartry, then April for Nithsdale and finally Annandale and Eskdale in May, with bins to be delivered from the middle of the month.

Most residents will be given two 240-litre recycling wheeled bins – a blue-lidded one for paper, card and cardboard, and a red-lidded one for plastics, metals and cartons, alongside their existing bin.

Non-recyclable waste will be collected every fortnight, while the recycling material will each be collected once every four weeks.

In a publication about the service, it states: “In 2019, Dumfries and Galloway Council declared a climate emergency and identified a series of actions to achieve net zero carbon status by 2025.

“One way to help reach this goal is to recycle more of our waste.

“Recycling can help to reduce carbon emissions – it takes less energy to make recycled products than using raw materials.

“This new service will also allow Dumfries and Galloway to help Scotland meet its ambitious target of recycling 70 per cent of all waste by 2025.”

The Ecodeco MBT plant, next to the A709 outside Dumfries, will receive the non-recyclable waste and process it for use as a specialist fuel.

Meanwhile, phase four of the plan is scheduled for late summer/autumn and will see food waste recycling start in Annan, Dalbeattie, Dumfries, Gretna and Lockerbie.

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