12 February 2009


Banff & Buchan MSP Stewart Stevenson has welcomed the announcement that communities in Banff & Buchan will take part in a new trial scheme to raise the rate of recycling in the area.

The trial covers approximately 7,500 homes, including Aberchirder, Banff, Macduff, Whitehills, Portsoy and around 1,500 rural households west and north of the River Deveron. The scheme will see all of these households, including the rural properties, having their recycling and food waste collected every week.

Commenting, Mr Stevenson said:

“I welcome any move that will help to increase the levels of recycling taking place in Banff & Buchan. Although Aberdeenshire faces particular challenges, we must keep striving to reach the Scottish Government’s target of recycling 40% of waste by 2010/11.

“I hope that this scheme will prove to be a success and can be rolled out across the region, helping to increase the rate of recycling being done. By making it easier for residents of Banff & Buchan to recycle their waste, I am confident we will see real increases in recycling rates.

“Successful recycling schemes require active cooperation between local government and ordinary people, and I am hopeful that this scheme will further encourage that in Banff & Buchan”.

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