The trial kerbside paper recycling scheme introduced to six Aberdeenshire
towns in April and May of this year is to be continued due to its success.
The latest kerbside collection figures for the scheme show an increase
of nearly 29% over the previous month's tonnages, rising from 78.53 tonnes
to 101.18 tonnes.
The August/September tonnages represent an increase of 207.82% over the
first collections in April and May.
Measured by tonnes per town or weight per household, the latest collection
figures produce two different league tables in the recycling race. However,
there is little change in each town's position in both tables since last
In terms of total tonnages collected, all towns achieved a significant
increase on last month's figures.
Peterhead remains first with 21.84 tonnes (up more than 42%)
Fraserburgh is second with 18.2 tonnes (up nearly 32%)
Stonehaven achieved 17.2 tonnes (up 28%)
Inverurie's total was 15.28 tonnes (up by more than 24%)
Banchory put out 14.46 tonnes (up nearly 16%)
Ellon provided 14.2 tonnes (up by more than 27%)
By weight per household:
Banchory retains first place with 4.96 kilograms (10.94 lbs)
Ellon stays at second place with 3.66 kilograms (8.07 lbs)
Stonehaven holds onto third place with 3.57 kilograms (7.87 lbs)
Fraserburgh moves up from fifth to fourth place at 2.97 kilograms
Inverurie is knocked down from fourth to fifth by Fraserburgh's narrow
lead, producing 2.9 kilograms (6.4 lbs) per household
Peterhead is sixth with 2.53 kilograms (5.58 lbs) per household
Councilor Alison McInnes, Chair of Aberdeenshire Council's Infrastructure
Services Committee, praised residents' efforts and welcomed the continuation
of the kerbside collection. She said: "The response to this trial
scheme really has been magnificent and very encouraging. The first collections
in April and May were good, but they have continued to grow since then.
growth of virtually 208 per cent in collections since then, we are now
definitely in a position to continue the scheme.
"Collections will continue as normal on either the first or last
Saturday of each month. We will be advertising the continuation of the
scheme in all local papers covering the towns in the scheme and will post
details on the council's website.
"The only month there will not be a collection is during the Christmas/New
Year break on 27 December and 3 January. We would encourage residents
to take their paper, and other recyclables, to the growing number of recycling
points and recycling centres that month."