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EWWR - do your bit for waste reduction

Posted on 13 Nov 2018

Residents are being encouraged to do their bit for the environment as part of the European Week for Waste Reduction (EWWR).

Running from 17 – 24 November, the themed week will see organisations across Europe raise awareness about the ways in which to reduce waste and change disposal behaviours.

In North Ayrshire, the Council’s Waste Awareness team will be visiting local schools as well as holding information stalls in supermarkets across the area in a bid to spread information on how residents can reduce their waste by recycling more – by putting the right stuff in the right bin.

The team will be at the following locations during EWWR:

  • Monday 19 – Tesco, Irvine from 1-4pm
  • Tuesday 20 - Asda, Ardrossan from 1-4pm
  • Wednesday 21 – Morrison’s, Largs from 10am-2pm
  • Thursday 22 – Co-op, Dalry from 1-4pm
  • Friday 23 – Co-op, West Kilbride from 1-4pm and Sainsbury’s, Irvine from 6-8pm

Each week, North Ayrshire households send 650 tonnes of waste to landfill – that’s the equivalent weight of 54 double decker buses. But recent studies show that this doesn’t need to be the case – highlighting that around 70% of the contents in the average grey bin could have been recycled or composted but instead they are sent to landfill.

By reducing the amount of waste placed in the grey bin and by utilising the blue and brown bins, residents can help to drive down the amount of unnecessary waste which ends up at landfill.

From next April, the Council will be rolling out an enhanced recycling and waste collection service.  This will see all households on the mainland and Cumbrae given an additional recycling bin (purple bin) allowing them to maximise how much they recycle at home.

This new purple bin will be used for glass, cans and plastics, while the blue bin will solely be used for paper and card.  These bins, along with the grey general waste bin, will be collected as part of a new three-weekly cycle – with one bin being collected each week.

Councillor Jim Montgomerie, Cabinet Member for Place, said: “European Week for Waste Reduction provides us with a great opportunity to get out into our communities and explain how residents can not only recycle more, but recycle right – by putting the right stuff in the right bin.

“The information events will also give our residents a chance to chat to the team about the upcoming bin changes which will see all households on the mainland and Cumbrae given an additional recycling bin from April 2019 to help increase the amount we recycle.

“I would encourage local residents to pop by one of the information events and chat to the team.”

More information on the April 2019 bin changes can be found on the Council’s website:

Early next year, the Council will be hosting a number of events as well as issuing all mainland and Cumbrae households with important information about the new service.