Being green is now easier than ever in Maybole thanks to a £265,000 refurbishment that has transformed South Ayrshire Council's Community Recycling Centre in the town.
Fully re-opened on Monday, December 20, the facility in Seaton Street now provides much more space for site users with additional recycling containers and the Council's operational vehicles separated from public vehicles, creating a safer and more user-friendly layout.
The split-level design of the new facility provides a modern, state-of-the art recycling centre for the residents of Maybole and surrounding areas and even includes a sheltered area for recycling containers so that you can do your bit for the environment under cover from the elements.
New facilities include recycling containers for paper, cardboard, plastic bottles and food and drinks cans as well as a dedicated container for garden waste. These containers compact the waste so that bulky amounts of waste become much more manageable and need collected less often.
In addition, recycling banks have been introduced for electrical goods such as televisions, videos and computer monitors, ensuring that as much waste as possible can be recycled.
The council estimates the new design of the site will result in the recycling and composting of an additional 560 tonnes per year of household waste that would previously have gone to landfill.
It is also estimated the new site design will reduce the Council's CO2 emissions by some 5,600 tonnes per year.
Councillor Peter Convery said: "I am delighted to see such a transformation of our recycling facilities in Maybole and look forward to the difference this will make to recycling efforts across South Ayrshire.
"With facilities like this on your doorstep – combined with our kerbside collections that pick up a wide variety of recyclable materials from the blue and brown bins and black boxes – there is absolutely no excuse for sending more waste to landfill than is necessary.
"Here in South Ayrshire, we already have an impressive recycling record with more than 44% of our household waste recycled – the second highest figure for local authorities across Scotland – but we must continue to do more to meet recycling targets and help meet the objectives of the Zero Waste Plan.
"There's no doubt this is a big job as we have to get our recycling levels up to 70% in just 15 years. However, I am confident with developments like this fantastic new facility in Maybole, we can meet this target – and ahead of schedule."