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Kintyre residents can look out for new blue recycling bins arriving this month, in preparation for a new bin collection service starting in October.
Argyll and Bute Council says the new service is designed to make it more convenient for people in Kintyre to recycle their domestic waste and means the majority of Kintyre residents will receive the same recycling service as the rest of mainland Argyll and Bute.
It comes after a controversial decision in February not to extend Kintyre Recycling Limited’s (KRL) kerbside collection contract which it fulfilled since 2006.
‘The Scottish Government has set challenging targets of increasing recycling by 2025, and to reach these targets, we all have a crucial role to play,’ said Councillor Rory Colville, policy lead for roads and infrastructure services.
‘The introduction of blue bins will create a convenient, sustainable recycling service – the more we recycle, the more we are helping to reduce carbon emissions and tackle climate change.’
Most residents in Kintyre and Gigha who previously used plastic bags for their recycled waste will receive new blue bins between September 1 and 28.
The blue bin service will replace the recycling bags from October onwards.
New calendars, showing the pick-up dates, will be available on the council website by the middle of September at www.argyll-bute.gov.uk/kintyre
A council spokesperson said: ‘If we previously sent you a printed copy of the calendar, we will send out a new one to you.
‘If you receive an assisted uplift for your green household waste bin, you will automatically receive an assisted uplift for your new blue bin.
‘A very small percentage of properties, mainly tenements, will not receive blue bins as there isn’t enough space to store them.
‘These properties will stay on a bagged service and we will write directly to everyone living in these properties to let them know.
‘At the same time you receive your bin, you will be given a leaflet explaining what goes in it.
‘You can also find the information on our website at www.argyll-bute.gov.uk/kintyre-new-recycling-service‘
Once collected, recycling will go to the Lingerton waste and recycling facility, in Lochgilphead, which is operated by Renewi on behalf of the council.
From there it will be bulked up with the rest of the blue bin recycling from Mid Argyll and sent on to a materials recycling facility in the Central Belt.
There, the items will be sorted and passed to materials re-processors who create new products.
Anyone who hasn’t received their blue bin by Tuesday September 28 can call the council on 01546 605514 to arrange to have one delivered.
Bags, for those still using them, will be delivered each quarter, starting in October.
Those who need more can collect them from the Burnet Building or Aqualibrium, by phoning 01546 605514, or by using the council’s online form which will be available when the new service goes live.