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The fourth monthly kerbside paper recycling collection in Aberdeenshire has seen towns shuffle their places in the recycling race, but recycling rates are still rising.

The kerbside recycling scheme started with collections meeting expected targets in late April and early May. The second month's collections beat the first month by 135%. That month's collections were further increased by 23.9% in the third month, compared on a week-for-week basis. The latest collection has produced a further 2.67% over the third month's total tonnage figures, rising from 76.49 tonnes to 78.53 tonnes.

In terms of total tonnages collected for recycling, Peterhead comes first for the third month running with 15.36 tonnes, increasing last month's collection of 14.23 tonnes.

Fraserburgh moves up from third to second place with 13.82 tonnes, increasing it's previous collection of 12.98 tonnes.

Stonehaven drops down from second to third place after climbing two places each month for the previous two months. The town's collection drops from 14.22 tonnes to 13.44 tonnes.

Banchory remains at fourth place for the second month running with a collection of 12.48 tonnes, slightly down on its previous 12.64 tonnes.

Inverurie moves back up to fifth again after two months at the bottom of the pile. The town's total tonnage also moves up from 10.3 tonnes to 12.3 tonnes.

Ellon drops again for the third month running to end up in sixth place with a collection of 11.13 tonnes dropping from last month's 12.12 tonnes.

Measured by weight per household, however, all but one of the towns moves into a different position from the total tonnages chart. Other than fourth and fifth places, each town's position in this chart remains fairly

Banchory stays at first place for the fourth month running with 4.27 kilograms (9.42 lbs) per household.

Ellon stays at second place with 2.87 (6.33 lbs) kilograms per household, while Stonehaven holds third place in both charts at 2.79 kilograms (6.15 lbs) per household.

Inverurie moves back into fourth place with 2.33 kilograms (5.14 lbs) after slipping to fifth place last month.

Fraserburgh, with 2.25 kilograms (4.96 lbs) is just knocked back into fifth place by Inverurie's comeback.

Peterhead still sits at sixth place for the fourth month with 1.78 kilograms (3.92 lbs).

The average collection per household for the six towns is 2.48 kilograms (5.47 lbs), which is slightly up on last month's 2.42 kilograms (5.33 lbs).

Councillor Alison McInnes, Chair of Aberdeenshire Council's Infrastructure Services Committee, commented: "The last two month's increases in recycling rates were quite incredible. It may be that the figures from the latest
collection indicate that tonnages are reaching a plateau now, so collections could settle down a bit. It could also be that because the most recent collection was during the holiday season, there were fewer people at home so less waste paper was produced.

"Either way, this is the third increase in a row. Residents of all six towns are to be congratulated on their response to this scheme, and it will be interesting to see what results come out of the next two collections."

The next kerbside paper recycling collection is on Saturday 30 August for Peterhead, Inverurie and Banchory. Saturday 6 September is the next collection date for Fraserburgh, Ellon and Stonehaven.

Details of the recycling scheme and the collection areas covered - along with other recycling information - are available on Aberdeenshire Council waste section's web page (www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/waste). Alternatively,
enquiries can be dealt with by telephone on the Wasteline 0845 600 3 900.


News Release
(ref WMNR 025)
13 August 2003

Aberdeenshire Council Waste Section


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