Kerbside collections success means fewer recycling points

Kerbside collection changes.
Kerbside collection changes.

Angus Council are about to reduce the number of neighbourhood recycling points in a move that will save an estimated £25,000 a year.

The removal of several recycling points has been made possible by the way in which residents have embraced new kerbside recycling arrangements.

Communities Convener, Councillor Donald Morrison said: “We are very pleased to see households making very good use of their new mixed recycling bin. Thanks to them there has been a significant reduction in the demand for neighbourhood recycling points (NRPs).

“This move, which was undertaken in consultation with all our councillors, will help to increase the efficiency of the service and at the same time lead to appreciable savings of about £25,000 each year.

“Bins will be removed from three NRPs in the week beginning Monday 27 July, with the majority of the 19 selected for removal being taken away during the week beginning Monday 17 August.

“Where bins have been sited at community premises, such as village halls, we will work with them to ensure a suitable recycling provision is maintained.”

There were 50 NRPs in Angus at the start of 2014. Six were removed from flatted properties and a school and were replaced by mixed recycling bins as part of the new kerbside recycling service.

We undertook an assessment of NRPs, looking at factors such as their use and condition, the distance to them, rental costs and fly tipping in the area. As a result 18 sites were identified for removal, with another site being taken away at the request of the host supermarket in Montrose.

In the longer term, bins for plastic bottles will be removed from all sites due to collection costs. Residents can dispose of them in their mixed recycling bin.

Notices have been placed at each of the NRPs selected to advise of their removal. Businesses and community facilities involved in the change have also been contacted.

Those being removed during the week beginning Monday 27 July are at the Co-op car park, Western Road Montrose; the car park behind the Letham Hotel, off Auldbar Road, Letham; and at Panmure Road, Monikie.

NRPs scheduled for removal in the week beginning 17 August in Arbroath are at Morrisons car park, Burnside Drive; Leonard Street car park; and Millfield Road shops, Kirkton.

Others being removed on the same date are at Aberlemno Primary School; Craigo Village Hall; the car park opposite the Royal Jubilee Arms Hotel, Dykehead; Farnell Village Hall; Ferryden Primary School; Glenisla Village Hall; Glenogil Estate; Hillside Hotel; Tealing depot, Inveraldie; Kilry Village Hall; Peel Farm, Lintrathen; Turin Cottages, Pitkennedy; and Tannadice Primary School.