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A Zero Waste Society

Tuesday, 21st July, 2015

As part of the Scottish Government's vision of a Zero Waste Society, challenging recycling targets for East, North and South Ayrshire authorities were established in 2008.

The targets are:
  • By 2010 - 40% of waste generated is recycled or composted
  • By 2013 - 50% of waste generated is recycled or composted
  • By 2020 - 60% of waste generated is recycled or composted
  • By 2025 - 70% of waste generated is recycled or composted

Ayrshire residents are being urged to recycle from rooms all around the house after studies showed that many Scots mainly recycle items from the kitchen alone.

Residents are being asked to look beyond the kitchen and recycle items from the bedroom, bathroom, living room and even the garage. Scotland's recycling rate has risen steadily from 5% in 2001 to 42% in 2013, and most people are now recycling some items, but research shows that while kitchen items such as jars, milk bottles, tin cans and cereal boxes are commonly recycled, we often don't think to recycle similar items from elsewhere in the house.

Zero Waste Scotland is calling on Ayrshire householders to recycle items from the bathroom such as shampoo bottles, loo rolls, and toothpaste boxes, and in the bedroom, recycling jars from cosmetics such as face creams, aerosols from deodorants and hairspray and plastic bottles from things like nail varnish or moisturiser.

In the living room, you can recycle newspapers and magazines, and in the garage or shed, you can recycle plastic bottles from cleaning products, garden feed and weed products and cardboard packaging.

Iain Gulland, Chief Exectuive of Zero Waste Scotland said:

"Recycling is becoming habitual behaviour in Scottish households, which is hugely important for us to reach the target of recycling 70% of our waste by 2020. However, even regular recyclers can do a bit more, and our call to action this Recycle Week is to extend the focus out beyond the kitchen, where products tend to be very well labelled to remind us to recycle them, and think about similar items such as plastic bottles, glass jars and cardboard that come from elsewhere in the home.

"We're often just not in the habit of popping these in the recycling, so Recycle Week is a great time to start."

Many items are now collected for recycling by the council and there is also a wealth of collection points in communities across Scotland which allow you to recycle a huge range of items, from commonplace things such as glass and paper through to items such as spectacles, clothes, shoes, paint, batteries, electronic equipment, cooking oil and much more.

To see what you can recycle in Ayrshire, go to www.recycleforscotland.com.


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