Paper and Can Banks to be removed from Recycling Points
Paper and can banks are to be phased out of The Highland Council’s network of Recycling Points during February and March. The decision was taken at a meeting of The Highland Council on the 18th December, at which the budget for 2015/16 and the indicative budget for the following 3 years was agreed, a package of savings totaling £42.8 million. Glass and textile recycling banks will remain in place. Facilities for recycling paper, food tins and drink cans, cardboard and plastic bottles will also be retained at the Council’s network of Recycling Centres.
Councillor Graham Mackenzie, Chair of the Council’s Community Services Committee said: “Since we introduced the blue bin recycling collections there has been a steady decline in the use of the paper and can banks. Over the past year there has been a reduction of two thirds in the tonnage collected which has brought into question both their economic and environmental sustainability.”
He went on to add: “The Council are exploring the possibility of increasing the range of materials that can be recycled in the blue bins as a more cost effective means of increasing our recycling rate and is presently in discussion with its re-processors on this. Meanwhile I would urge all residents to make maximum use of their blue bins to recycle all their paper, cardboard, plastic bottles, food tins and drink cans and to use the network of Recycling Points to recycle all their glass bottles and jars. Glass is a very heavy material and every tonne that ends up in landfill costs Council tax payers £80 in landfill taxes alone.”
The Council’s business waste customers who use Recycling Points to recycle their business waste instead of the blue bin service will also be notified of the changes, although these customers will still be able to use the facilities at Recycling Centres. Since 1st January 2014 all businesses are legally required to segregate paper, cardboard, tin cans and plastic bottles and glass for recycling.