Angus leads the way for recycling

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People in Angus have been praised for their brilliant efforts in recycling their household waste.

Scottish Environment Protection Agency figures revealed that Of 57,909 tonnes of household waste created in Angus, 34,102 (59.2 per cent) was recycled.

That’s way ahead of the national average of 44.3 per cent and puts the region top of all 32 local authorities in Scotland.

Angus communities are recycling more household waste than ever before. Between 2013 and 2015, the amount collected increased by about 11,000 tonnes. That would have cost about £900,000 in tax if it had gone to landfill instead.

Angus Council sent 12,697 tonnes to landfill in 2015 – that’s 22 per cent of all waste and the joint second lowest (with the Shetland Isles) in Scotland and well below the national average (46.4 per cent).

Councillor Donald Morrison, Communities convener, said: “This is a terrific achievement and evidence of how people right across Angus have embraced modern methods of recycling introduced by Angus Council. Heartfelt thanks go to all our residents who have helped make Angus the best performing recycling area in Scotland. Their response has been tremendous.

“Just three years ago, before the roll-out of our new kerbside recycling service, our recycling rate was 40.1 per cent and sat below the national average.

“Elected members then approved proposals for the full roll-out of a new kerbside recycling service and this has been fully justified by the public response. We’ve been bold in its choice of collection system and make it as easy as possible for people to recycle at home.”

Councillor Jeanett Gaul, Communities vice-convener, added: “We now have evidence of how successful and cost effective this new approach is.

“If the 34,102 tonnes of waste recycled had gone to landfill, the cost in landfill tax alone would have been almost £3 million. That’s a massive saving and is thanks to the support of our community. It’s thanks too to the hard work of our waste collection staff who work in all weathers, day in-day out, making around 130,000 household bin collections per week.”