More recycling facilities for Ayr town centre

Neighbourhood Services Manager Kenny Dalrymple with South Ayrshire councillors and the brand new bins.
Neighbourhood Services Manager Kenny Dalrymple with South Ayrshire councillors and the brand new bins.

Carrick residents can now continue their excellent recycling record when out and about in Ayr as the town centre gets 20 new blue bins.

The recycling bins, which are located in Ayr town centre and the promenade, are part of a pilot project to encourage people to recycle their waste when visiting the town. They also form part of a Zero Waste Plan for Scotland to increase recycling rates by encouraging everyone to recycle whether at home, at work or out and about.

South Ayrshire currently recycles 43 percent of its waste, and is on track to meet the Scottish Government’s 50 percent target by next year. As one of the leading recycling councils in Scotland, kerbside recycling in the area averages more than one thousand tonnes of recovered waste per month.

Councillor John McDowall, Sustainability and Environment Portfolio Holder for the Council said: “The new blue bins are another simple way of helping people to recycle their waste when in Ayr town centre or the esplanade.

“The distinctive blue bins will accept the same materials for recycling as go in blue recycling bins at home or at business premises − cardboard, glass, paper, plastics and food and drink cans.

“By collecting more waste we can recycle it, preventing it from going to a landfill site which is costly and not good for the environment.”

“The majority of people across South Ayrshire want to recycle as much as possible and the blue bins in the streets will help people to do this. We are committed to encouraging and supporting residents, businesses and visitors to Ayr and South Ayrshire to dispose of waste responsibly, and wherever possible to recycle it.”

The blue recycling bins are easy to spot in the street, with colourful pictures and wording which clearly explain what items can be put into the blue bins.