Waste and recycling service changes - 2019 to 2023 strategy

We are still putting too much recyclable waste into our black non-recyclable bins. Over 50% of what goes into a typical black bin could be recycled if sorted correctly. 

In 2017 Aberdeenshire’s recycling rate was 43.7%, slightly below the Scottish average of 45.6%. If all recyclable materials were recycled effectively, Aberdeenshire's recycling rate could be over 70%.

The waste strategy 2019 to 2023 for Aberdeenshire was approved by councillors in January 2019. This is a 5 year strategy that aims to maximise reuse and recycling. In addition to providing more information to residents about what and how to recycle, the strategy also involves changes to the kerbside collection service and the recycling centres.

To develop the strategy, the council consulted the public through the Big Recycling Challenge survey and focus group were run in February 2018 to get feedback on some of the proposals. A public consultation on the resulting draft waste strategy was carried out in September 2018.

Find out more information about the new strategy:


Kerbside collection changes

Around 70% of the waste we produce is recyclable using the existing recycling services. To maximise recycling, we are changing how often the bins are emptied, moving to a 3-weekly collection cycle (one bin and a food waste caddy emptied every week): 

  • Week 1: Food waste caddy and non-recyclable waste bin
  • Week 2: Food waste caddy and blue recycling bin
  • Week 3: Food waste caddy and blue recycling bin

The materials that can be recycled on the kerbside remain the same, the only difference is that we empty the recycling bin more often (twice in every three weeks). The new kerbside service will be rolled out in 2020.

Recycling centre changes

To maximise reuse and recycling at recycling centres, we are:

  • increasing the number of materials that can be recycled
  • increasing the number of staff to help you recycle as much as possible
  • providing more opportunities for reuse

To make this all possible we will divert business waste to waste transfer stations, stop collecting tyres and asbestos, improve the layout at recycling centres and close the smallest recycling centres (Gardenstown, Hatton and Whitehills) which don't have space for all the materials.

Also, more consistent opening hours at recycling centres and at times convenient to households are introduced.


Timeline

Key dates for service changes:

  • 6th April 2019 - New seasonal garden waste recycling points start
  • 29th April 2019 - New opening hours at recycling centres (except Alford and Portlethen)
  • 3rd June 2019 - Asbestos and tyres no longer accepted for disposal
  • 24th June 2019 - Kerbside collection pilot starts in Mintlaw area (pdf 277KB) excluding Northwoods and Sutherland Drive (households included will be contacted by post in advance)
  • July and August 2019 - More staff employed at recycling centres to help households to recycle as much as possible
  • 10th September 2019 - Kerbside collection pilots start in Braemar area (pdf 162KB) and Cruden Bay area (pdf 340KB) (household included will be contacted by post in advance)
  • 2020 (date to be confirmed) - Kerbside waste and recycling collection service moves to a 3-weekly cycle  (households will be contacted by post before the new collection cycle starts)
  • 2020 (date to be confirmed) - Business waste moved from recycling centres to waste transfer stations
  • 2020 to 2022 - More reuse and recyclable materials collected at recycling centres

Notification of changes

How we notify you of changes:

  • changes to services advertised in advance on the council’s website, social media, through local media and at recycling centres as appropriate
  • changes to kerbside services notified to households by post

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