Waste inspectors set to go through household bins

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A team of professional waste inspectors have been recruited by council chiefs to help increase recycling rates.

North Lanarkshire Council last week announced they were embarking on the survey of household waste to “help guide future strategy on waste management”.

The council received funding from Zero Waste Scotland to carry out the work - which will include the analysis of general household waste and the items collected in blue recycling bins.

Waste surveys will take place during October and November, and then again in May and June 2014. Households identified to take part will not experience any change to their usual waste collection service.

Councillor Helen McKenna, convener of the council’s environmental services committee, said: “Like all local authorities we are looking at ways to increase the amount of waste we can recycle.

“With increasing government targets on recycling and a ban on landfill taking effect in 2020, we must find sustainable, effective ways to manage our household waste.

“This survey will give us important information on the composition of the waste we currently collect, to help identify how we can minimise the amount of waste produced and what more can be recycled in future.”

The Scottish Government has set local councils the target of recycling at least 60 per cent of all waste by 2020 or face fines.

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