Recycling plan not transparent enough
AN ECO-FRIENDLY Kincardine resident is frustrated with Fife Council in not being able to easily recycle glass.
In Clackmannanshire the council operate a three-bin/one-box system including a green bin (food, non-recyclable items), brown bin (garden waste), blue bin (paper, cardboard, cans, tins, plastic) and blue box (glass, clothing, textiles).
In Kincardine, which falls under Fife Council's remit, a four-bin system has been implemented which includes a grey bin (paper and cardboard), green bin (cans and plastics), brown bin (food and garden waste) and blue bin (landfill waste).
Currently glass is not collected from households and instead residents are encouraged to recycle at bottle banks and recycling centres.
Margaret Dillon, who was born in the village and has recycled for over 30 years, said, "When I rang the council I was told to take them to a local bottle bank. When I pointed out not everyone could carry bags to a bank if they were elderly, disabled or house bound it was suggested just to put them in the landfill bin which to me defeats the purpose.
"When I look at how many landfills are popping up over the country I am horrified about the legacy we are leaving for future folks when a lot could be recycled and money saved."
Margaret presently drops all her plastic, tins and glass off at Alloa Tesco when doing her weekly shopping. She added, "Looks like I will continue to use Alloa."
Throughout Fife there are over 370 recycling points, including 11 recycling centres open seven days a week to collect bulkier household items such as rubble, electrical equipment and televisions.
Last year Clackmannanshire Council recycled and composted 49 per cent of the county's waste. Fife Council recycled over 55 per cent.
Clackmannanshire's next task is tackling food waste, while Fife will need to look at their glass situation.
Fife Council's Chris Ewing, senior manager (sustainability), asset and facilities management services, said, "We have no immediate plans to introduce a kerbside service for glass although we will be embarking soon on a review of recycling services in which we will look at the pros and cons of increasing the number of wastes that we might collect separately with a view to making further improvements to our waste and recycling services."
This article appeared in Alloa & Hillfoots Advertiser 01 Aug 12
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