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Tayside launches new Recycling Centres and Points campaign

During 2001 and 2002, the Scottish Waste Awareness Group (SWAG) carried out the largest consumer waste survey ever undertaken in Scotland. According to this report, 57% of people in Tayside recycle their household waste.

All three Tayside council’s, (Angus, Dundee and Perth & Kinross) are working together with SWAG to run a joint campaign to make recycling even easier for the people of Tayside.

As part of the campaign, every household in Tayside will receive a leaflet telling them where all their nearest Recycling Centres and Points are located, and what materials they accept.

 

Over time, the three Tayside Council areas are committed to increasing the number of recycling facilities available to the public, and expanding the range of materials accepted. There are also plans to make all Recycling Centres and Points across Tayside well-signed to make it easier for the public to recycle their household waste.

A television commercial will be used to further promote the Recycling Centres and Points campaign.

Angus Council spokesperson Councillor Joy Mowatt, Convenor of the Environmental and Leisure Committee said: “ The people of Angus are already keen recyclers as our place at the top of the recyclers table shows. We continue to strive for improvement and we are widening the range of recycling opportunities by kerbside recycling schemes that we are rolling out and by adding to the already wide range of materials we are collecting at our Recycling Centres. We want to make recycling as easy as possible for our citizens so it will become their way of life and improving signing and providing clear information is very important to us. We are happy to be partners in this Tayside wide joint campaign.”

Cllr Julie Sturrock, Dundee City Council, convenor of environmental services and sustainability, said: “Dundee has been Scotland’s recycling city for many years now and the city council has pioneered many ways to encourage an active uptake of facilities. The people of Dundee have enthusiastically supported our recycling initiatives and I am sure this awareness campaign will help generate even more interest.

“We must all make sure that our local recycling efforts can have the maximum impact.”

Cllr Barnacle, Perth and Kinross Council said: “The council has been working for some time in trying to take things forward and increase the number of recycling facilities. It is important to raise awareness of recycling issues and we are working closely with other councils and organisations to a carry forward several initiatives in this area. I am particularly encouraged that by means of a leaflet and widespread signposting, local people across the area will be advised of and guided to their local Recycling Centres and Points.

We fully intend to carry on our efforts to make it easier and more convenient for people to recycle their household waste including over the next few years – increasing the number of Recycling Points and the types of materials that can be recycled.”

SWAG Campaign Manager, Dr Nicki Souter, says there is a real willingness to recycle, “The clear message we have from Scots is that they want to help, but often don’t know how. Tayside’s Recycling Centres and Points campaign aims to provide clear information to help the people of Tayside recycle their household waste.”

For more information about Tayside’s Centres and Points campaign, householders can call The Waste Aware Tayside Helpline on 0845 602 3350.

 

 


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