Recycling rate is rising

Written by Scott Campbell, Cumbernauld Media's Senior Reporter.

Published at 11:37 on 1 September 2015


North Lanarkshire Council have thanked residents for recycling.

NORTH Lanarkshire Council has issued a thank you to residents in Cumbernauld as statistics show that the rate of residents using their blue bin is on the rise.

The authority has issued a thanks to residents for supporting council efforts to improve recycling rates throughout the region.

A recent campaign by North Lanarkshire Council highlighted the various items that can be placed in the blue recycling bins, as well as those that can't.

As part of the campaign bins with significant amounts of materials that should not be included, such as food waste, textiles and glass, were tagged to advise residents.

Due to the campaign, North Lanarkshire’s bin collection crews are apparently reporting fewer contaminated bins, while Viridor, the council’s waste processing contractor has reported seeing less contamination in loads arriving at their plant.

"Most residents want to recycle as much of their household waste as possible, and our blue bin and food waste services make this easy to do," Councillor Helen McKenna, Convener of council’s Environmental Services Committee explained.

"To maximise what is recycled, we issued a reminder to residents in April about what can and can't be placed in the blue bins. I'm delighted that this has shown an immediate improvement in the quality of materials we're collecting, which means more waste can be effectively recycled.

Cllr McKenna added: "I would like to thank residents for their efforts in boosting recycling rates across North Lanarkshire."

Materials which can be recycled in the blue bins include: paper, magazines, envelopes, cardboard, empty aerosols, clean foil, cans, tins, metal jar lids, cartons and all plastic bottles, food trays and tubs.

The exceptions that can't go in blue bins include materials such as: food waste, glass and textiles, as well as plastic bags, which causes problems when it comes to processing the recycling material.

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