South Ayrshire Council to introduce new recycling scheme

Councillor John McDowall about to use the new caddy system.

Councillor John McDowall about to use the new caddy system.

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South Ayrshire Council are introducing a new recycling scheme to encourage people to get rid of their food waste.

And it is done with a helping hand from ‘caddies’- but not the ones you might think.

For the ‘caddies’ will be the two bins that the council will be handing out to 42,000 residents in Girvan, Maybole, Ayr, Prestwick and Troon between 19 August and 20 September to deposit their food leftovers and scraps into.

The new food waste recycling service – funded by Zero Waste Scotland – is the next stage in South Ayrshire Council’s efforts to boost recycling rates even further and to meet the Scottish Government’s targets of recycling at least half of all household waste by the end of 2013, and 60% by the end of 2020.

The new scheme is simple and easy to use: the Council will provide all households involved with two new silver coloured recycling caddies – a small kitchen caddy that can be kept on kitchen worktops and a larger outdoor caddy that will be emptied every week.

All food waste – cooked and uncooked – can be put into the caddies, even bones. So whether it’s out of date food from the fridge or cupboards, leftovers from food preparation or what’s left over from dinner, it can all be recycled in the caddies.

All residents have to do is pop a liner (an initial supply will be provided) in the kitchen caddy, transfer their food waste into it and, when the liner is full, place it into the outdoor caddy. They then put the outdoor caddy out for collection on the same day each week.

Councillor John McDowall, South Ayrshire Council’s Portfolio Holder for Sustainability and Environment, said: “Nearly a third of all household waste is food waste, so the introduction of a scheme that will get that amount of waste into the new recycling caddies and out of our green bins and away from landfill will make a huge difference.

“The wee kitchen caddies are neat and handy and make it really easy for residents to separate their food waste for recycling and the outdoor caddies are secure and light for putting out for collection. And that’s another big benefit for residents – getting their food waste taken away every week rather than every two weeks as it is at the moment, so it’s better all round.”

To let people know that they will be receiving the new food waste caddies, leaflets are being sent out to every home included in the food waste recycling scheme.

A series of food waste recycling roadshows will also take place during August and September, giving people the chance to find out more and ask any questions they may have about the scheme.

Each roadshow will run between 6.30pm and 8.30pm, and people can drop-in at any time during these hours. They take place as follows:

August 2013

• Wednesday 7th – Carrick Buildings, Henrietta Street, Girvan

• Thursday 8th – 65 Club, Main Street, Prestwick

• Tuesday 13th – Citadel Leisure Centre, South Harbour Street, Ayr

• Wednesday 14th – Carrick Centre, Culzean Road, Maybole

• Thursday 15th – Walker Hall, South Beach, Troon

September 2013

• Tuesday 17th – Citadel Leisure Centre, South Harbour Street, Ayr

• Thursday 19th – Prestwick Community Centre, Caerlaverock Rd

• Tuesday 24th – Carrick Centre, Culzean Road, Maybole

• Wednesday 25th – Carrick Buildings, Henrietta Street, Girvan

• Thursday 26th – Walker Hall, South Beach, Troon