Communities urged to make recycling easier

Aberdeenshire Council is currently considering easier ways for residents to recycle glass
Aberdeenshire Council is currently considering easier ways for residents to recycle glass

As part of new waste and recycling services gradually introduced to over 115,000 households in Aberdeenshire since November 2013, glass is no longer collected at the kerbside.

It can still be recycled at recycling centres and points across the region and Aberdeenshire Council is currently installing more glass recycling points, making glass recycling more convenient.

Previously glass separated by colour was collected from the kerbside and sent to be recycled into glass bottles and jars.

This no longer happens under the new arrangements because of difficulties separating different colours of glass to a high enough standard.

To achieve a high-quality recycling system, the Scottish Government advises against mixing different colours of glass, preferring to keep a system of colour separation which allows glass to be recycled into bottles again and again.

Glass for recycling in Aberdeenshire should now be taken to one of more than 200 recycling centres and points where it can be collected separately, allowing for high-quality glass recycling.

This shouldn’t mean an unneccesary or lengthy journey – individuals, neighbourhoods and communities can request local ‘neighbourhood glass recycling points’ to increase convenience.

These can be either public, on-street facilities or off-street to share between local residents.

They are often smaller in scale than traditional recycling points; neighbourhood points are a little bigger than domestic wheeled recycling bins and are designed to blend in.

Aberdeenshire Council’s Head of Protective Services and Waste Management, Ian Robertson, said: “Recycling Points are usually in convenient locations such as supermarket or public car parks.

“If possible, please take your glass bottles and jars with you when you go out to avoid making a special journey.

“Recycling boxes previously issued to households can also be used to store the glass.

“We understand that many people won’t drive, or prefer not to visit a local recycling point, so we’re happy to offer neighbourhood facilities where residents want them.”

If you think local glass recycling points could benefit your community, please call Wasteline on 0845 600 3 900 for more details.