Recycling scheme to be extended across Angus

Brechin residents will soon have more bins to help increase their recycling.

Brechin residents will soon have more bins to help increase their recycling.

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A recycling scheme, piloted in selected areas of Carnoustie and Arbroath, will soon be rolled out to Brechin residents following its huge success.

The trial, which involved 5200 households, saw a 40 per cent drop in the amount of general waste being collected and an increase in recycling from 18 per cent to 55 per cent.

During the trial residents were asked to use their grey bin - used for general waste - for the collection of glass, plastic bottles, plastic containers, cans, paper and cardboard. A smaller purple bin for general waste and a brown food waste caddy were supplied.

The usual green garden recycling bin was also used.

The scheme is hoped to make it easier for residents across Angus to recycle a larger proportion of their waste and help the council to meet Scottish Government recycling targets and legislation.

Residents will be able to recycle more materials from the home, including cardboard, plastic containers and food waste.

Angus is currently recycling and composting 43.7 per cent of household waste, which is a fantastic achievement, but there is still a long way to go. The council is working to achieve 60 per cent by 2020.

The roll out is expected to start next year, although exact time scales are still to be confirmed.

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