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Aberdeen urged to show "more ambition"

Aberdeen City Council has been urged to show more ambition and explore ways of expanding recycling services.

Provisions have come under close scrutiny and the local authority has been lambasted for not joining many other Scottish councils in the roll-out of services to high rise and multi-occupancy homes and for its failure to obtain cash from the Scottish Executives strategic waste fund (SWF).

While many parts of the city are now covered by a recycling scheme, Scottish National Party (SNP) Holyrood candidate for Aberdeen Central councillor Karen Shirron points to a Confederation of European Industries (CEPI) declaration as inspiration.

CEPI has set a target of increasing paper and board recycling rates in Europe from 55.4% to 66% by 2010. If achieved, this would mean two tonnes of paper being recycled every second in Europe.

And it is such ambition that Shirron believes that the city must match. She said: The roll-out of the recycling collection service in parts of Aberdeen has been successful, but I have said before that, the council missed a golden opportunity by not including the scheme for tenements and flats in the city. The councils failure to elicit money from the SWF has led to Aberdeens lagging behind other Scottish cities.

She added that other avenues must now be explored. Various pilot schemes, such as the installation of communal recycling bins in the street, should at least be tried out if we are serious about improving recycling.

Ambition and will-power are needed if the recycling targets are to be met and old habits changed.

Her words were backed up by SNP president Ian Hudghton who said that CEPIs target was achievable and that local people could play their part.

Though ambitious, the target of 66% is perfectly achievable. I support Karens call for pilot recycling services in Aberdeen. Given the choice, I think Aberdonians would prefer to recycle and would co-operate with any pilot projects.

To boost Aberdeens poor recycling record, the council must make it as easy as possible for residents and families, no matter where they live, to access recycling facilities and help Scotland become cleaner and greener.


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