New scheme to boost recycling in Aberdeen city centre

The North-east is to benefit from a funding scheme as part of a bid to encourage recycling and reduce waste.

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Aberdeen Inspired is set to host an initiative which will see businesses in the city provide ideas to help improve waste services. The firms will submit ideas as part of a tender process organised by the Aberdeen Business Improvement District (BID) group.

Trade waste suppliers will be asked to come up with ways to improve recycling efficiency and give advice on how they believe waste should be collected and stored in the city centre.

Contractors have already been asked for their input into the process.

Funded by Zero Waste Scotland, Aberdeen is one of three areas in Scotland to be awarded a grant which will allow them to work towards the Scottish Government’s targets of recycling and reducing waste.

Geoff Cooper, city centre manager, said: “This is a very positive step forward for Aberdeen city centre. We often get feedback regarding trade waste bins in the city centre and I’m confident our local business organisations will support us in delivering this new initiative to help us continue to create a more attractive and welcoming city centre.”

Aberdeen Inspired will also work with Aberdeen City Council to develop a trade waste policy to tackle and resolve problems of bins being stored on city streets. It will go before the finance, policy and resources committee on February 1.

Iain Gulland, chief executive of Zero Waste Scotland, said: “We know many businesses share our vision of maximising resource efficiency and keeping costly waste to a minimum. That’s why it’s fantastic to see BID organisations like Aberdeen Inspired tackle costly and unsightly waste head on.”

The tender is set to be published on January 15, with a decision on how to make the improvements made in March.

Evening Express
29/12/2017