Recycling rates at recycling centres in Angus hit the 70% mark in May.
That goes well-beyond the 60% target that was set with the purpose of delivering savings to keep all seven Angus recycling centres operational.
Communities Convener, Cllr Mark Salmond said: “Thanks to Angus residents and our recycling centre staff, the redesign of our recycling centre provision – launched on 4 February – has significantly improved our recycling performance. It was imperative that we increased our recycling rates to make retaining seven recycling centres a viable option and the response has been terrific.
“We have seen increased recycling across a range of materials, with the biggest impact being the increased amount of rubble, soil/turf, plasterboard and timber that has been collected at our centres. If the current trend continues, we will exceed out 60% target for the year.”
With a greater emphasis than ever before placed on recycling, general waste skips were removed from four recycling centres – at Brechin, Carnoustie, Monifieth and Kirriemuir – and replaced by containers for recyclables. The three larger centres at Arbroath, Forfar and Montrose, continue to accept general waste, but all seven centres have seen recycling rates increase.
Communities vice-convener, Cllr Tommy Stewart said: “The fact that we must all reduce the amount we waste, re-use what we can and recycle as much as possible is inescapable. We are reminded almost every day of the consequences of not doing so and how it will affect us locally, nationally and globally. We all have our part to play and we can all make a difference.”