Waste And Recycling Of Materials

Monday, 08 August 2016
Reference
2016071727000019
Category
Request Date
Monday, July 18, 2016
Response Date
Monday, August 8, 2016

Question

I would like to make a request under the Freedom of Information Act for details relating to how your organisation deals with recycling of materials collected from households and businesses. Including what particular types of materials are recycled and which are not.

 

Could you please also provide information about your recycling strategy and policy, and how the recycling scheme is communicated to the public (along with details of any associated communications plan/strategy), and education regarding recycling provided to schools/public.

 

If possible could you also include any further information as to what is done to aid litter prevention/litterpicking initiatives.

 

 

Answer

1. I would like to make a request under the Freedom of Information Act for details relating to how your organisation deals with recycling of materials collected from households and businesses. Including what particular types of materials are recycled and which are not. – Comhairle nan Eilean Siar operate two different waste collection systems throughout the Western Isles, Uist and Barra have a twin stream system for dry mixed recyclates, Plastics and Cans in one bin and Paper and Card collected in the other covering 100% of households using a single compartment vehicle, Lewis and Harris have a co-mingled system – Plastic, Paper and Cans in one bin and Glass in the other collected using a twin compartment  vehicle. Households in Lewis and Harris also have an Organic bin for the disposal of Food and Garden waste. Every household in the Western Isles – Lewis, Harris, Uist and Barra all have a bin for Non-Recyclable Waste (in Lewis & Harris the Organic and Non-Recyclable waste are collected using the twin compartment vehicle). Businesses are encouraged to participate in all our recycling services where applicable. Some local social enterprise companies offer recycling services and collect material such as corrugated cardboard for recycling.

2. Could you please also provide information about your recycling strategy and policy, and how the recycling scheme is communicated to the public (along with details of any associated communications plan/strategy), and education regarding recycling provided to schools/public. – A copy of our waste strategy is attached. Our recycling scheme is communicated via our webpage and Facebook page, we also utilise newsletters and flyers which can be mailed out to residents and also handed out at information days such as Recycle Week and European Week for Waste Reduction. Another form of communication used is doorstep visits, guided tours of our AD facility and school and community visits by staff.
Waste Strategy (1.0MB)
 

3. If possible could you also include any further information as to what is done to aid litter prevention/litterpicking initiatives. – The Zero Waste Western Isles team work closely with the Environmental Health department to assist with litter prevention and ensure that fly tipping does not take place. Our department also provides assistance for local community clean ups and in remote areas where access to Household Waste Recycling Centres is limited we offer Community based disposal points for bulky items of household waste. Comhairle nan Eilean Siar currently operate five licensed Household Waste Recycling Centres within the Western Isles.