Council urges residents to get back into habit of recycling

Councillor Alan Moir with recycling bins and food caddies with EDC fleet manager Paul Curran at the wheel.
Councillor Alan Moir with recycling bins and food caddies with EDC fleet manager Paul Curran at the wheel.

The kids have gone back to school and the tans are fading and residents are being reminded how to make the most of the great recycling facilities in this area.

East Dunbartonshire traditionally gets top marks for its recycling, but this can slip slightly over the summer when people are on holiday and routines are disrupted. Waste officers at the council want to use this opportunity to get things back on track by reminding people what bin’s what.

Councillor Ashay Ghai, depute leader of the council and convenor of neighbourhood services, said: “It can be confusing, deciding what goes in what bin. We have some of the highest recycling figures in Scotland – but we can always strive to do better!”

“We don’t want to become a victim of our own success. Residents are being told time and again that they have been doing well and they have, so maybe think they don’t have to try so hard anymore. All the waste we send to landfill costs the council – and council tax payers a lot of money, it’s like putting money in the bin. This is why we thought it a good time to remind residents how to get the most out of the service we provide.”

Councillor Ghai added: “We know from surveys we carried out at the start of the year that around 60 per cent of what is in an average, general waste bin could have been recycled, so we could all be doing better for the environment. As a Council we are very keen to get our food recycling marks back on track and we hope our residents will support this. If you’re having any difficulty with the service, or have any questions, please call 0300 123 4510 for advice.”

Residents in East Dunbartonshire have four recycling bins, for different types of waste:

Blue bin – paper and card only

Brown bin – cans, glass and plastics

Green bin – for garden waste from March to November

Silver caddy – all types of food waste

Top tips on food recycling:

Your food waste is collected weekly, so putting it in your food waste caddy avoids it lying about in your bin for up to two weeks

There’s no need to unwrap food eg a joint of meat can be put in your caddy without being opened

They take almost anything, including bones, egg shells, peelings, dog food, banana skins, tea bags and coffee grounds

Get the children involved by encouraging them to recycle their leftovers – it’s all about making the future greener for their benefit

Empty your kitchen caddy every day to avoid food lying about in your kitchen

Food which goes to landfill emits nasty methane gases, so by recycling your waste you are helping to make our air cleaner for everyone