Festive recycling arrangements

Festive recycling image
Festive recycling image

As the festive season approaches The Highland Council would like to encourage households and businesses to consume responsibly and reduce the waste they create at Christmas.

Every year the Council sees a large increase in waste generated over the festive period.

Cllr Graham Mackenzie, Chair of Communities and Place Committee said: “Using your blue bin correctly and to the maximum, really plays a large part in helping us drive down waste disposal costs and improve our carbon footprint.”

He continued, “However, we need the correct materials in the bin so please remember you can use it for Christmas cards, paper wrapping paper, paper packaging, cardboard, food tins, drinks cans, envelopes, food and drink cartons, aerosols and clean plastic bottles, pots, tubs and trays. This includes those empty tubs of lovely sweeties and chocolates!”

New for this Christmas is the ability to recycle clean aluminium foil and trays in the blue bins. All those mince pie foil cases can now go in your blue recycling bin; however, this foil must be clean, dry and free from any food residue.

Residents can find out what can go in their blue bin on the Council’s website. If it isn’t on the list, then it doesn’t go in the blue bin. https://www.highland.gov.uk/info/1063/rubbish_-_household_waste/137/

Food waste has always been a significant problem at Christmas as much more finds its way into refuse bins. Over 50,000 tonnes of food and drink is expected to be binned in Scotland during the month of December alone, with over 3,500,000 mince pies and 100,000 turkeys being wasted.

With the current financial climate people are becoming more conscious of what they are buying and trying to waste less which is good for your purse and the environment. Sticking to a shopping list, buying what you need, using left-overs are all actions that will help you save money and reduce food waste. For unavoidable food waste such as turkey bones, fruit and vegetable peelings, tea bags and coffee grinds, Inverness residents are reminded to make maximum use of their food waste collection service.

One area of waste that is becoming more prominent is the issue of electronic waste. Did you know electronic waste is the fastest growing waste stream in the world?

Cllr Mackenzie has this important message, “Keeping electronic and electrical items out of landfill has never been more important as it is full of valuable resources that can be reused. If you are having a clear out before Christmas, please have a think about what you can do with your old tech. Can it be repaired? Can you sell it? Or give it away on local reuse networks like Freecycle. Please do not put it in your refuse bin.”

If items can’t be re-used in any way, please take them to the nearest Household Waste Recycling Centre.

If celebrating at Hogmanay, please take empty glass bottles to local bottle banks or Household Waste Recycling Centres. Glass doesn’t need separate into separate colours which makes it even more easy to recycle glass bottles and jars.

Real Christmas trees can be taken to Household Waste Recycling Centres where they will be recycled into compost.

Household Waste Recycling Centres are open throughout the Festive period except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and 1st and 2nd January. Please Check www.highland.gov.uk/recycle for full details of Household Waste Recycling Centre opening hours and for the full range of materials accepted. Please remember that trailers and vans (under 3.5T) need to book to visit the larger sites and this be done at this link. www.highland.gov.uk/recyclingcentres

Householders are reminded to separate waste before arriving at the site.

Christmas bin collections are as normal this year apart from a change to collections on Monday 2nd January 2023. Please note the following changes.

  • Skye collections on Monday 2nd January 2023 will be collected on Saturday 31st December 2022
  • Sutherland collections on Monday 2nd January 2023 will be collected on Saturday 31st December 2022
  • All other areas please put bin out on the 3rd January 2023 and it will be collected between the 3rd and 6th January 2023

To check bin collections please visit: https://www.highland.gov.uk/info/1054/rubbish_and_recycling

For further information about recycling in the Highlands visit: www.highland.gov.uk/recycle or email recycle@highland.gov.uk or phone 01349 886603.

8 Dec 2022