ABERDEENSHIRE Council has scrapped plans for an additional recycling collection after losing funding expected from Zero Waste Scotland.
Instead, a deposit return scheme may prove the way forward for the efficient recycling of much of our single-use waste. This money-back system is used in most Nothern-European countries, where the deposit amount is called pant. Many drinks bottles and cans in the UK already have the pant value on them. In Norway, 1 pant is worth 1 Kroner – approximately 10p.
Aberdeenshire had formulated its three-bin strategy in order to meet its obligations in terms of local recycling rates and a forthcoming landfill ban.
The scheme was also intended to increase the value of the recycled product by reducing contamination, while increasing our understanding of waste being a commodity with value. This is what is called the circular economy.
But the majority of the £4.2million needed to implement the new kerbside collection system was expected to be funded by Zero Waste Scotland (ZWS). This funding is not longer available.
A ZWS spokesman said, “We are very supportive of Aberdeenshire Council’s ambition and vision to meet their recycling targets. The landscape is evolving to meet Scotland’s wider environmental targets and circular economy ambitions, reflected in part by the forthcoming introduction of the deposit return scheme for single use beverage containers.
“As a result, we are reviewing how kerbside recycling collections can adapt to support these changes and how best we can support all councils across Scotland. We will continue to work with and support Aberdeenshire Council to explore the best options to meet their needs.”
While it is back to the drawing board for kerbside collections, other changes to be introduced under the new Waste Strategy will still go ahead – including improvements to Household Waste Recycling Centres from this month and an increased number of garden waste collection points across the area this summer.