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New Bins Delivered Across Inverness Area

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The Highland Council has started delivering the new non-recyclable waste bins across Inverness area as part of the changes to the waste and recycling services which are being introduced across the region.

The roll out of the new bins is part of the package of improvements to waste and recycling services which are being funded by The Scottish Government’s Recycling Improvement Fund.

The bins are being delivered with a detailed booklet explaining the new waste and recycling collection service.

The new grey bin is for non-recyclable waste and will be collected every 2 weeks.

Current green (or grey) bins will be used to recycle mixed plastic containers, metal tins and cans and food and drink cartons.

Blue bins will be used to recycle paper, card and cardboard only. 

Each of the recycling bins will be collected every 4 weeks. The booklet explains what to put in each bin.

A calendar is also supplied with the booklet and is specific to each household.

The calendar clearly shows the date to start presenting the new grey non-recycling bin, which bin to put out and when.

To help with the switch over of the recycling bins, residents are asked to make sure their green and blue bins are out for collection by 7am on their usual collection day.

Once each bin has been emptied it will be stickered to show that it has been converted into a new recycling bin as detailed in the letters sent to householders.

Councillor Graham Mackenzie, Chair of Communities and Place Committee, stated:

“I am pleased to see the start of the roll out of the new bins is now in Inverness and on schedule.

“Residents are urged to look out for their new bins arriving and to read the booklet and calendar that accompanies them.

“These have the important information you need to know about when your new collections starts and what to put in each bin.

“Helpful hints, tips and guidance on how to reduce food waste and useful information on all the recycling services provided by the Council are detailed in the booklet delivered with the new bins.”  

He continued:

“An additional 3,500 properties in the Inverness area are also being provided with a new weekly food waste recycling service – this includes parts of the following areas: Beauly, Kirkhill, Kiltarlity, Drumnadrochit, Ardersier, Croy and Tornagrain.

“Food waste caddies and liners will be delivered to these properties with their new bins.

“The food waste collected is a valuable resource as it is turned into compost by our contractor and contributes to the overall recycling rate and reduction in carbon emissions in Highland.”

He added:

“The Council has provided food waste collections in the Inverness city area including Culloden, Smithton, Balloch and Milton of Leys since 2013 and I would urge all households in these areas to ensure they have food waste caddies at their properties so they can separate their food waste for recycling.” 

Residents in existing food waste collection areas can order food waste caddies by visiting: www.highland.gov.uk/binsforyourhome

Households in receipt of the weekly food waste recycling service are being provided with a new 140 litre grey non-recyclable waste bin while all other households will be provided with a new 180 litre grey non-recyclable waste bin.

All non-recyclable waste bin collections will remain on a fortnightly basis.

Residents who live flatted properties with communal bin stores or with limited space for new bins will receive separate information about their waste and recycling services over the summer months. 

A tailored approach will be adopted and will be specific to the needs of each development of flats and the occupants.

Households are advised that the bins are being delivered according to the refuse and recycling collection routes, therefore not all properties within a town/area will have their bins delivered at the same time. 

More detailed information will be available for householders on the Councils website including the programme of bin deliveries.  www.highland.gov.uk/binchanges

Community Engagement Sessions are being held in Libraries, Leisure Centres, supermarkets and shops providing more information on the changes to waste and recycling collections.

The Waste Awareness team will be on hand to answer any questions.

New recycling bins for Highland Council Business Waste Customers in Inverness will also be delivered over the next few weeks and information about the new recycling services will be provided to customers.

For more information and tips on how to reduce your waste please visit www.highland.gov.uk/recycle

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