New bin scheme promotes recycling

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A new bin scheme is being rolled out in Montrose later this month to encourage people to recycle more.

Following the trial of a kerbside recycling service in the county in 2012, Angus Council has introduced the new scheme to 53,500 households across Angus.

Montrose, Brechin and the surrounding area are the last districts in the county to switch to the new system.

Letters about the new systems and the new bin collection calendars are currently being issued to households.

The new bins will be delivered over a four week period starting on Monday, October 20 and the first collections using the new system will start in the Brechin/Edzell area on October 27.

Montrose Councillor Bill Duff said: “The Scottish Government has set us a target of recycling of 60 per cent by 2020. Angus currently recycles 40 per cent.

“We’re hoping the new system will encourage people to recycle more as it will make it easier for the general public to do so with the introduction of a larger bin for recycling.”

The new recycling collection service comprises of a fortnightly collection of a new smaller purple bin for general waste; a fortnightly collection of the current grey bin, which becomes the new recycling bin for cardboard, paper, cans, plastics and glass; a weekly collection of the new indoor and outdoor food waste caddies; and a fortnightly collection of the garden waste bin

There are information displays about the new system in the libraries and ACCESS offices in Montrose and Brechin this week.

Anyone keen to find out more about how the system works is invited to drop in to one of the local roadshows next week and speak to the team. They are taking place between 10.30 a.m. and 12.30 noon and 2 to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, October 15 at Tesco, Western Road, Montrose, Thursday, October 16 at the Co-op, Basin View, Montrose and Friday, October 17 at Tesco, Montrose.