New bins make it easier to recycle ‘on the go’ in Aberdeenshire

New recycling bins are being installed in busy public places across Aberdeenshire as Scotland marks the start of Recycle Week.

Stonehaven will be one of the 40 locations benefitting from the new facilities funded by Zero Waste Scotland, as part of a £250,000 drive to make it easier for people to recycle when they are on the go. The recycling bins are being installed at the town square, the leisure centre entrance and along the sea front promenade.

Plastic bottles are often thrown in waste bins because when people are out and about there is no option to recycle them. The past week has been Recycle Week, a nationwide drive to encourage people to recycle more, which this year is focusing on recycling plastic bottles. Zero Waste Scotland and the Scottish Government are urging people to use the new recycling bins when they are out and about during Recycle Week.

Councillor Peter Argyle, Chair of Aberdeenshire Council’s Infrastructure Services Committee, said: “We are delighted that Zero Waste Scotland has provided us with funding to invest in new public recycling bins. There are now so many ways you can recycle in Aberdeenshire, including kerbside recycling services and facilities available at many local recycling centres throughout the area.

“We strongly encourage everyone to recycle as much as they can, helping Scotland to make the best use of its valuable resources and work towards achieving the 70% recycling target for 2025.”

Iain Gulland, Director of Zero Waste Scotland, said: “Many of the items that end up in litter bins, such as newspapers and drinks bottles, can be easily recycled. Not only is this better for the environment, there’s real value left in the goods we throw away.

“High quality plastic bottles can be sold at over £190 per tonne, so throwing them away to landfill is a lost business opportunity. Ultimately, we want to make it easy to recycle, whether at home, at work or out and about.”