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Campaign launched ahead of UK Recycling Week

Press release   •   Sep 24, 2017 10:00 BST

Enviroman and Cllr John Cowe launch the new campaign ahead of UK Recycling Week

ENVIROMAN and a senior Moray councillor have joined forces to launch a recycling and waste campaign.

Eye-catching new designs have been installed on the side of Moray’s waste fleet, encouraging residents to recycle more and dispose of waste smarter.

Whilst Moray boasts an impressive recycling rate – 58.7 per cent for 2016 – there is room for improvement, said Chair of Moray Council’s Economic Development and Infrastructure Committee, Cllr John Cowe.

“We all need to keep up the momentum on recycling and make sure it becomes the norm. We have a great kerbside recycling service, but analysis from May 2017 showed that more than half of the waste in our green bins could have been recycled using the brown, orange, blue and purple bins provided to homes in Moray.”

He added that food waste disposal seems to be the biggest hurdle to overcome and is the most common waste found in green bins, followed by paper and card.

“Together they account for almost 50 per cent of the recyclable waste in our householders’ green bins. Food waste is the worst offender at 33 per cent, but paper and card is still significant at 13.6 per cent.

“By using the food waste and paper recycling bins provided by Moray Council, the amount going into landfill would reduce significantly. As a result, less of our taxpayers’ money would be spent on landfill tax – which cost us £1.8 million last year.

“These are really simple switches that, once in the habit, make such a huge difference. Our latest campaign is designed to simplify the messages around recycling - making it clear to residents just how much can be recycled.”

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Famous for its colony of dolphins, fabulous beaches and more malt whisky distilleries than any where else in Scotland, Moray is a thriving area and a great place to live. Nestling between Aberdeenshire and the Highlands, Moray stretches from Tomintoul in the south to the shores of the Moray Firth, from Keith in the east to Brodie Castle in the west.