Last week the council confirmed that they’d at last begin rolling out an improved tenement recycling service in the city, starting with two pilot areas, mainly around the Montgomery Street, Hillside and Bellevue areas of the city.
If you’re lucky enough to live in the pilot areas, you’ll see extra on-street recycling bins appear, and you’ll be able to recycle a greater range of materials in them.
The pilots are set to last six months, but each one will work slightly differently.
The first pilot area covers Brunswick Street, Brunton Gardens, Brunton Place, Brunton Terrace, Hillside Crescent, Hillside Street, Montgomery Street, Wellington Street, West Montgomery Place and Windsor Street.
In these streets the current paper and packaging banks will be changed to mixed recycling and will be fitted with a green lid. Where possible we will add a glass bank. There will be no change to shared waste and food waste bins. The blue box collections will stop.
The second pilot area covers Bellevue Place, Bellevue Road, Bellevue Street, Bellevue Terrace, Claremont Crescent, East Claremont Street, Melgund Terrace, Bellevue Gardens and West Annandale Street.
In these streets some of the current side loading waste bins will be used to collect mixed recycling. These will be fitted with a green lid. The paper and packaging banks will be removed. Where possible we will add a glass bank. There will be no changes to food waste collections. The red and blue box collections will stop if you use the shared bins. If you have a wheelie bin for your waste then your service will not change.
Once the lessons have been learned from the two different approaches, officials said in a statement: “It is anticipated that the scheme will be extended to the rest of the city’s flats and tenements.”
Environment Convener, Councillor Lesley Hinds, said: “Improving recycling rates is a real priority for the Council as we aim to drive down landfill and the associated costs, as well as making a positive impact on the environment.
“A similar approach to simplified recycling elsewhere in the city has already seen a significant drop in rubbish being sent to landfill, and I know that many people living in flats and tenements want to contribute to this.”
For more information on the pilots, visit the Council’s website.