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Recycling - general information

A council may provide local citizens and businesses with general information about waste, recycling, greener alternatives, how to reduce waste and provide access and information about other organisations who may provide associated services (reducing junk mail, furniture reselling etc.)

Q: Does the council make any money from recycling my household rubbish?  
The money the council makes from recycling goes straight back into trying to recoup haulage and processing costs.

For more information please contact Waste Aware Western Isles, Creed Integrated Waste Management Facility, Creed Enterprise Park, Lochs Road, Isle of Lewis, HS2 9JB, 01851 709900, recycling@cne-siar.gov.uk.

Q: Does it matter if I put green glass in with the clear?  
The current recycling system used by Comhairle nan Eilean Siar allows you to dispose of mixed colour glass either in your kerbside recycling bin or in the recycling banks located around the islands.

For more information please contact Waste Aware Western Isles, Creed Integrated Waste Management Facility, Creed Enterprise Park, Lochs Road, Isle of Lewis, HS2 9JB, 01851 709900, recycling@cne-siar.gov.uk.

Q: How can I recycle my dead Christmas tree?  
If you are able to cut up the tree into sizeable pieces you can put it into your organic bin. You can also take your tree to the Creed Park Household Recycling Centre, where there will be an allocated skip for you to use.

For more information, please contact us on 01851 709900 or by e-mail at recycling@cne-siar.gov.uk.

Q: How can I recycle my old Yellow Pages and Phone Books?  
Every year throughout the Western Isles, schools participate in the “Yellow Woods Challenge”, whereby schools collect Yellow Pages in return for prize money. Every Yellow Pages book donated counts towards a possible prize for a school and raises funds for the Woodland Trust. You can give your old Yellow Pages to your local school. Alternatively, you can put it in your organic bin.

For more information, please contact us on 01851 709900 or by e-mail at recycling@cne-siar.gov.uk.

Q: How can I recycle old batteries, not just car batteries?  
Batteries can be disposed of at the Creed Park Household Recycling Centre, where all batteries are collected and sent to mainland for recycling.

For more information, please contact us on 01851 709900 or by e-mail at recycling@cne-siar.gov.uk.

Q: How can I recycle Tetra packs/drinks cartons?  
Unfortunately, at this time we do not have the facilities to collect or recycle tetra packs; these should be put into your residual bin. If you wish to recycle your plastic and glass bottles and cartons, you can pop them into your nearest recycling bank or if you live within the Kerbside Collection area, you can put them out with your green bin.

For more information, please contact us on 01851 709900 or by e-mail at recycling@cne-siar.gov.uk.

Q: Who do I contact if I have old furniture in good condition that may be useful to others?  

The Bethesda Charity Shop in Stornoway accept furniture in good condition.
     77 Cromwell Street
     Stornoway,
     HS1 2DG
     Tel: 01851 706465

The Cothrom charity based in South Uist offer a furniture restoration service both for those looking to get rid of their old furniture, which is then restored and sold on at a discounted price, and for people with furniture which is repaired and returned to them.
     Cothrom Re-Store
     Bornish
     Isle of South Uist
     HS8 5SA
     Tel: 01878 710298
     www.cothrom.net/Re-Store.htm
     


Q: What can I put out for collection to be recycled?  
If you live within the Kerbside Collection area, we could deliver a green bin to you, where you could dispose of all your glass, plastic, tin and paper. If you do not live within this area you can take all your recyclable material to your nearest recycling bank or the Creed Park Household Recycling Centre.

For more information, please contact us on 01851 709900 or by e-mail at recycling@cne-siar.gov.uk.

Q: What happens to old appliances you collect?  

Fridges and freezers are all recycled. Even the older types, which can contain chemicals harmful to the environment, are taken through a special process to extract the refrigerant gases and foam for safer disposal. The shell is then shredded and recycled. Aluminum, steel and copper are extracted and smelted down to be used again, along with cans, washing machines, dishwashers, radiators, garage doors, lawnmowers, ironing boards, bed frames, bikes and boilers.

From Monday, 4 July 2011, the Comhairle will charge for the uplift of Bulky Household Waste. If you need any large appliances collected from your home please contact Customer Services on 0845 600 2772.


Q: What kind of glass can be recycled?  
Many types of glass contain sulphur or are in other ways contaminated - and therefore can't be recycled at the usual recycling points. Greenhouses, window - panes, vehicle glass, Pyrex dishes, ornaments, vases and mirrors are unsuitable for the bins. Even drinking glasses can't be recycled with household glass. It is best to just recycle household glass jars (rinsed out and without the lid) and glass bottles.

For more information, please contact us on 01851 709900 or by e-mail at recycling@cne-siar.gov.uk.

Q: Where can I obtain further information on recycling and the Council's recycling initiatives?  
You can continue to have a look at the Council’s website and also have a look at the Waste Aware section on the site. You can also email the team on 01851 709900 or by e-mail at recycling@cne-siar.gov.uk.

Q: How can I get rid of old furniture?  
For reusable items of furniture you should donate them to your nearest charity shop. You can take old, unwanted items of furniture to your nearest community skips or the Creed Park Household Recycling Centre.

For more information, please contact us on 01851 709900 or by e-mail at recycling@cne-siar.gov.uk.

 

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