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Recycle Week 2018

Posted on 17 Sep 2018

Residents are being encouraged to do their bit for the environment as part of Recycle Week 2018.

Running from 24-30 September, the themed week, organised by Zero Waste Scotland, will see organisations across the country raising awareness of the importance of recycling. 

North Ayrshire Council’s Waste Awareness Team will be visiting local schools as well as holding information stalls in the area in a bid to spread information on how residents can ensure they recycle right, by putting the right stuff in the right bin.

The Team will be at the following locations:

  • Tuesday 25 September –  ASDA Irvine, 1.30-4.30pm
  • Wednesday 26 September – Tesco Kilbirnie, 11am-3pm
  • Thursday 27 September – Morrisons Stevenston, 1.30-4.30pm
  • Friday 28 September – Morrisons Largs, 12-4pm
  • Friday 5 October – Millport Library, Garrison House, 11am-3pm

Recent studies have shown that in North Ayrshire, around 70% of the contents in the average grey bin could have been recycled or composted, but instead they are sent to landfill – showing there is significant room for improvement.

By reducing the amount of waste placed in the grey bin and by utilising the blue and brown bins, residents can help to reduce the amount of unnecessary waste which ends up at landfill and help do their bit for the local environment.

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: “Recycling Week provides us with a great opportunity for our team to get out into our communities and explain how residents can not only recycle more, but recycling right - by putting the right stuff in the right bin. 

“These events also give local 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 addition recycling bin from April 2019 which will be collected as part of a new three-weekly cycle.

“I would encourage local residents to head along to these information stalls and speak to the team.”

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

Ahead of the changes coming into effect, 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.