Kerbside

Kerbside Recycling Questions:

What
  What is kerbside recycling?
What materials are/are not accepted in my kerbside container?
What happens if I put the wrong materials in my container?

 

Why
  Why was my new kerbside recycling scheme introduced?
Why do I have to separate my waste at home?
Why is my container only collected once every fortnight?
Why did I get a sticker on my container?
Why can’t I recycle my kitchen waste with my garden/green waste collection?

 

How
  Can I have an additional container?
Will I have to pay to receive a new/additional container?
I need a new container – what should I do?
My container is missing/stolen/undelivered/damaged – what should I do?
Can I have a different size of container?
Will the containers arrive numbered?
Can I put my house number onto my container?
I don’t have enough space to store all my waste between collection dates – what should I do?
I can’t fit everything into my container – what should I do?
I do not have enough space for a new container – what should I do?
I do not want a new container as it would be unsightly – what should I do?
My container has not been emptied – what should I do?
I did not receive a leaflet/calendar – what should I do?
I need a new leaflet/calendar – what should I do?
I am a carer/parent/disabled – can I get help with recycling at home?

 

Where
  Can I change the place my container is uplifted from?

 

When
  I have not yet received a container – when will I receive one?
When will the kerbside recycling scheme come to my area?
When is my next collection day?
When is my container being collected during the holidays?




What
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What is kerbside recycling?
Recycling can be done via a kerbside system whereby certain recyclates (materials that can be recycled) are collected from outside your house and taken away for sorting, bailing and reprocessing. Recyclates are collected separately in a different bin or container from your normal household waste. For more information on kerbside schemes that are operating in your area click here.

What materials are/are not accepted in my kerbside container?
You should have received a leaflet detailing the acceptable materials with your new container. If you require another leaflet or you need clarification on what you can put in your container, you should contact your Local Authority helpline or e-mail info@wascot.org.uk. Alternatively, you can click here to check what materials are accepted via kerbside schemes in your area.

What happens if I put the wrong materials in my container?
Incorrect materials can lead to contamination of the load of recyclates, which means that they may have to be sent to landfill instead of being recycled. To avoid this, containers that have the wrong materials in them will not be emptied. You may notice that a sticker has been placed on your container to tell you why it has not been collected. You can use the list in the leaflet provided with your container to find out exactly what can be included in each container.If you require an additional leaflet or further information about acceptable materials, please contact your Local Authority helpline or e-mail info@wascot.org.uk.

Why
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Why was my new kerbside recycling scheme introduced?

Scotland has targets as laid out in the National Waste Plan (2003) to reduce the amount of waste that we send to landfill. The plan outlines the following targets:
  • by 2006 we aim to recycle 25% of our waste;
  • by 2010 we aim to stop the yearly increase in the amount of waste that we produce;
  • by 2020 we aim to collect some waste materials separately for recycling from 90% of households;
  • by 2020 we aim for a 55% recycling rate.

The EU Landfill Directive also outlines the following targets for reducing the amount of biodegradable waste that we send to landfill:

  • by 2006 we aim to landfill 75% of the biodegradable waste sent to landfill in 1995;
  • by 2009 we aim to landfill 50% of the biodegradable waste sent to landfill in 1995;
  • by 2016 we aim to landfill 35% of the biodegradable waste sent to landfill in 1995.

These targets are the result of European legislation that has been established because landfilling our waste has a damaging environmental and economic impact. Landfill is not a sustainable option and we need to find alternative ways of dealing with our waste. Materials that are left to break down in landfill sites give off methane gas, which contributes to climate change, and rotting materials can also pollute surrounding land and rivers. When we landfill our waste we are throwing away valuable materials that could be used to make new products. More information on the legislation behind recycling can be found at: www.sepa.org.uk. Each area has developed an Area Waste Plan that details their strategy adopted to reduce the amount of waste being sent to landfill. Kerbside recycling has been introduced in many areas to make recycling easier for householders and so help to reach our target of 25% recycling by 2006.

Why do I have to separate my waste at home?
Separating your waste at home is efficient as it saves time when waste is being collected from the kerbside. It is also safer for householders to separate their waste than for waste operatives to do this at the kerbside or the depot. Sorting items for recycling takes only a little time and rinsing them out ensures that no extra mess is created. Householders who have been using kerbside recycling schemes for some time have found that separating their waste soon becomes second nature.

Why is my container only collected once every fortnight?
If you live in an area where you are provided with more than one kerbside container, your Local Authority rotates the collection of your containers, uplifting each one on a regular basis. The service provided by your Local Authority has been extended to incorporate recycling and so reduce the pressure on landfill. The collection will alternate between the different containers depending upon your Local Authority. To find out when each of your containers is collected please click here. You can also arrange to have a collection calendar sent our to you by contacting your Local Authority helpline or by e-mailing info@wascot.org.uk. As you become used to separating your waste, more will be sent for recycling and so reduce the amount of residual waste to be collected. Residents who have been using kerbside recycling schemes for some time have found that separating their waste becomes second nature and the schemes work well for them.

Why did I get a sticker on my container?
The sticker has been placed on your container because it contains some of the wrong materials. The materials for recycling have to be separated correctly to prevent contamination of the whole load with incorrect materials. If the load is contaminated it may need to be sent to landfill instead of being recycled, which creates more waste. Your container will not be emptied if it contains incorrect materials, so the sticker is put there to let you know that some of your waste is in the wrong place. You can have another look at the leaflet provided with your container to remind you what materials go where and check what materials you are putting into each container. If you require an additional leaflet or further information about acceptable materials, please contact your Local Authority helpline or e-mail info@wascot.org.uk.

Why can’t I recycle my kitchen waste with my garden/green waste collection?
Some Local Authorities have changed their garden/green waste kerbside collections and no longer accept any type of kitchen waste. New European legislation (Animal By-Products Regulation (EC) no 1744/2002) was brought into force in Scotland using the Animal By-Products (Scotland) Regulations 2003, SSI no 2003/411. This legislation was brought about to partly to prevent any further outbreaks of Foot and Mouth or similar diseases, and it prevents central composting of any waste that may have been in contact with animal products. Most Local Authorities will therefore not be able to accept any kitchen waste for central composting until composting techniques are updated in accordance with this legislation. You can continue to compost uncooked fruit and vegetable waste from your kitchen at home, but do not include any animal products for composting. For more information about this legislation please visit:
www.defra.gov.uk
www.legislation.hmso.gov.uk

How
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Can I have an additional container?
Will I have to pay to receive a new/additional container?
I need a new container – what should I do?
My container is missing/stolen/undelivered/damaged – what should I do?

Your Local Authority has specific guidelines about issuing additional containers; you can often receive an extra container if you have a large number of people living in your household. If you need a new container, or would like to enquire about receiving an additional container, please contact your Local Authority helpline or e-mail info@wascot.org.uk.

Can I have a different size of container?
Some Local Authorities can provide larger or smaller kerbside containers on request. Alternatively, you may be able to share containers with your neighbours, eg if you live in flats. However, this is not always possible so please contact your Local Authority helpline or e-mail info@wascot.org.uk to find out about this in your area.

Will the containers arrive numbered?
Can I put my house number onto my container?
This depends on the guidelines in your Local Authority, as some will provide numbers for your kerbside containers. To find out about this in your area please contact your Local Authority helpline or e-mail info@wascot.org.uk.

I don’t have enough space to store all my waste between collection dates – what should I do?
Firstly, you can check that you are placing the correct materials into each of your containers. It may be the case that you can further divide your waste between the containers in order to reduce the amount of waste in the full container(s). You can also try to compact items before placing them in the correct container to create more space. You may be able to store your containers outdoors to reduce the need for extra space in your home. In certain circumstances, some Local Authorities will provide additional containers, but you may find that by following the tips on how to Reduce and Reuse at home you will produce less waste that needs to be collected. Alternatively, you can take your excess recyclable waste to your local Recycling Centres and Points as provision in this area is increasing. If there are no other options, you can arrange for a bulky uplift of waste from your Local Authority.

I can’t fit everything into my container - what should I do?
Firstly, you can check that you are placing the correct materials into each of your containers. It may be the case that you can further divide your waste between the containers in order to reduce the amount of waste in the full container(s). You can also try to compact items before placing them in the correct container to create more space. In certain circumstances, some Local Authorities will provide additional containers, but you may find that by following the tips on how to Reduce and Reuse at home you will produce less waste that needs to be collected. Alternatively, you can take your excess recyclable waste to your local Recycling Centres and Points as provision in this area is increasing. If there are no other options, you can arrange for a bulky uplift of waste from your Local Authority.

I do not have enough space for a new container – what should I do?
I do not want a new container as it would be unsightly – what should I do?

It may be possible for your Local Authority to provide a smaller container for your household or allow you to share containers with other householders if you live in flats. If you would like to find out about this or arrange to have your container removed, please contact your Local Authority helpline or e-mail info@wascot.org.uk.

My container has not been emptied – what should I do?
It may be that your container was not emptied because it had some materials in it that should not have been there, and you may have a sticker on your container informing you of this. You should check that you have only included items that are acceptable in each container. This information can be found in the leaflet that was provided with your container. Your container cannot be emptied if it contains incorrect materials as this would cause the whole load of recyclates to be contaminated, which can mean they are all sent to landfill instead of being recycled. If this is not the case, you should contact your Local Authority helpline or e-mail info@wascot.org.uk to find out why your container was not uplifted and arrange for another collection.

I did not receive a leaflet/calendar – what should I do?
I need a new leaflet/calendar – what should I do?

If you need a new or additional leaflet/collection calendar, please contact your Local Authority helpline or e-mail info@wascot.org.uk to arrange for this to be delivered.

I am a carer/parent/disabled – can I get help with recycling at home?
Yes, if you currently receive assistance with your bin this will continue with any new recycling scheme. To discuss arranging assistance with your kerbside collection you can contact your Local Authority. Please click here for contacts in your area or e-mail info@wascot.org.uk.

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Can I change the place my container is uplifted from?
If you would like to request that your kerbside container is uplifted from eg your back door instead of your front door, you can arrange this through your Local Authority helpline or by e-mailing info@wascot.org.uk, depending on specific guidelines in your area.

When
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I have not yet received a container – when will I receive one?
When will the kerbside recycling scheme come to my area?
If you think your area is covered by a kerbside scheme, but you have not received a container, you can arrange to have one delivered through your Local Authority helpline or by e-mailing info@wascot.org.uk. It may be that the kerbside scheme is being rolled out in stages and your area will receive containers in the future. Access to kerbside schemes is increasing all the time as Scotland has a target of 90% of households to be covered by 2020.

When is my next collection day?
This information should have been provided with your kerbside container in the form of a leaflet detailing all the collection dates. Your bin collection day will remain the same where possible and collections usually alternate between containers. If you do not have a collection calendar for your kerbside container, you can contact your Local Authority helpline or e-mail info@wascot.org.uk to arrange for one to be delivered. In the meantime, your Local Authority helpline or info@wascot.org.uk can tell you which container is due to be collected next and when.

When is my container being collected during the holidays?
This information should have been provided with your kerbside container in the form of a leaflet detailing all the collection dates. If there are any changes to this schedule on public holidays, these will be noted on your leaflet. If you require an additional leaflet or would like to check any collection dates, please contact your Local Authority helpline or e-mail info@wascot.org.uk.

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