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Cunningham backs monthly residual waste collections

Scotland’s environment secretary Roseanna Cunningham has said introducing monthly residual collections from households makes “perfect sense”.

Speaking at the Scottish Resources Conference in Edinburgh, Cunningham announced progress with implementation of Scotland’s standardised recycling scheme.

The Scottish Household Recycling Charter was launched in January in collaboration with the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (Cosla), with councils being encouraged to switch to a common three-stream collection, with separated glass, paper and card, and metals and plastics.

Cunningham said 19 of the country’s 32 local authorities have now signed up.

The charter does not specify a frequency of residual waste collections but commits to reducing collections of residual waste.

However, Cunningham said she backed monthly residual waste collections, saying they “made perfect sense when you use them alongside food waste and recycling services”.

Falkirk Council became the first in the UK to implement three-weekly collections, and is understood to be introducing four-weekly collections this month following a year-long trial.

Cunningham also announced that one of the recycling charter’s signatories, East Ayrshire Council, had been given more than £2m of Scottish Government funding to implement the standardised system.

Stephen Hagan, development, economy and sustainability spokesperson for Cosla, welcomed the funding for East Ayshire and said he was encouraged by the number of councils committed to the charter.

“I now believe the focus needs to be on turning this positivity into tangible delivery on the ground, which ultimately will be to the benefit of communities, the economy and the environment,” he said.



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