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East Renfrewshire recycling rates are best in Scotland

More than 60% of household waste is now being recycled across East Renfrewshire, the highest of any local authority in Scotland.

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The latest figures were released by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency this week and cover the period from January to December 2016.

With residents in East Renfrewshire recycling more than 29,000 tonnes of waste in 2016, the council is the first in the country to hit the 60% recycling milestone.

A new four bin collection service was introduced in October 2016, which has supported residents to recycle more.

This is a fantastic achievement for East Renfrewshire and shows that we are leading the way when it comes to encouraging our residents to recycle more. The success of our new four bin service has undoubtedly helped us to hit this target and with a full year of figures for 2017 still to come I look forward to seeing this continue to increase. Not only is the increased recycling good for the environment, it is also helping the council to save money on landfill costs. Well done to all our residents for making East Renfrewshire a cleaner and greener place for all to enjoy.
Councillor Alan Lafferty - Convener for Environment

The latest figures show that less than 18,000 tonnes of waste was sent to landfill in 2016, over 2,000 tonnes less than the previous 12 months.

It cost £2.2million sending household waste to landfill in 2015, much of which could have been recycled.

However, since the introduction of the new four bin recycling scheme the council has made significant savings in excess of £300,000

The four bin service introduced two new wheeled bins, offering a much greater capacity for residents than the previous bag and box collection system

A blue bin has been provided for paper, cardboard and cartons, and a green bin for plastics, glass and cans.

The service change means that residents' grey bin for non-recyclable waste and the two new bins are collected on a three-weekly rotation.

Brown bins for food and garden waste are still collected on a weekly basis although households are limited to one bin each.

Visit our recycling pages for more information. 


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