Recycling boost for hundreds of Aberdeen households

Aberdeen City Council has secured funding from Zero Waste Scotland (ZWS) which will improve waste and recycling services for hundreds of households.

The City Council was awarded £82,291.25 from ZWS's Tenement Infrastructure Fund (TIF) which supports waste and recycling facilities for residents of flats and tenements.

The changes mean residents will no longer have individual wheeled bins, bags and boxes for waste and recycling.

Instead, on-street communal bins for general waste and on-street communal bins with blue lids for mixed recycling will be installed.

Residents have been informed by letter about the changes.

The new bins will be rolled out to 14 priority streets in Torry, Mastrick, Old Aberdeen and Kincorth, benefiting 564 properties.

The recycling rate in these areas is currently around 10%.

The new recycling bins will increase access to recycling and ensure residents can recycle additional materials.

This is the third such project that the City Council has carried out using the TIF.

In total, the City Council has received almost £180,000 worth of funding from ZWS, bringing improvements to 1,137 properties across the city.

Mixed recycling bins have already been installed in parts of Powis, Sunnybank, Kincorth, Garthdee and Torry where they are being well-used by residents.

Aberdeen City Council Zero Waste Management Sub-Committee Convener, Councillor Jean Morrison, said: "We are pleased to have received funding for this key project that will mean we can improve access to recycling and waste facilities for residents and divert more valuable resources from landfill.

"Aberdeen City Council is proactively working towards becoming a zero waste city as we move towards a situation where we recycle more than we throw away.

"The mixed recycling service will play a major role in that by making the recycling process easier for residents which in turn will lead to an increase in recycling rates."