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New 15-year waste strategy launched in Aberdeen

The way in which the city of Aberdeen will deal with its waste has been set out in the council’s new waste strategy, published today (September 10).

The Aberdeen City Waste Strategy 2010-2025is a complete revision of the city’s previous waste strategy and provides a framework for the development of the next generation of waste infrastructure services in Aberdeen.

The measures are designed to deliver the city’s waste commitments and targets in an environmentally and financially sustainable way over the next 15 years.

The new strategy identifies key themes that will underpin the policy development in the waste area, these are:

·         Waste is a resource, not a problem

·         Gain value from waste at all stages of treatment

·         The waste hierarchy

·         Value for money but challenging

It also identifies the following waste targets for the city of Aberdeen:

·         Waste growth will be eliminated by 2015

·         Introduce organic waste collections for all households and develop treatment facilities within the Aberdeen area by 2013

·         Municipal residual waste treatment capacity (including energy from waste) should not exceed 45% by 2020 and 40% by 2025

·         No more than 5% of municipal waste should be landfilled by 2025

·         Increase the amount of waste separately collected for recycling and organic waste treatment targets to 45% by 2013, 50% by 2020 and 56% by 2025

The strategy also sets out plans to develop a commingled materials recycling facility, organic waste and residual waste treatment facilities in Aberdeen.

Talking about the new strategy, Aberdeen city council housing and environment convener Aileen Malone said: “We’ve made progress in recycling and composting but much more needs to be done both in providing additional services but also at an individual level.

“To reach the targets set in this strategy for preventing and recycling waste, a significant behavioural shift is required: everyone needs to understand the cost and benefits of their actions and change their behaviour to ensure we gain as much value from our waste as we can.”

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