Recycling

Wednesday, 12 February 2020
Reference
2020010227000022
Category
Request Date
Thursday, January 2, 2020
Response Date
Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Question

Please could I request the following information: 
1. The most recent figures for the number of street bins in your council / authority area
i) in total
ii) that can be used for recycling

2. How much green bin waste (in tonnes) in your council /authority area was actually recycled in:
i) 2017
ii) 2018
iii) 2019

3. How much recycling (in tonnes) in your council /authority area was rejected in:
i) 2017
ii) 2018
iii) 2019

4. The number of complaints for missed bin collections in your council / authority area in:
i) 2017
ii) 2018
iii) 2019

5. How much recycling (in tonnes) in your council / authority area was sent out of the United Kingdom in:
i) 2017
ii) 2018
iii) 2019

6. How much did the council /authority spend on litter waste in:
i) 2017
ii) 2018
iii) 2019

7. According to the most recent figures, what is the council's or authority's capacity for recycling (in tonnes) for the following types of material:
i) glass
ii) plastic
iii) wood
iv) aluminium
v) paper
vi) cardboard
vii) steel
viii) clothing and textiles

Answer

1. The most recent figures for the number of street bins in your council / authority area
i) in total – 331
ii) that can be used for recycling - 91

2. How much green bin waste (in tonnes) in your council /authority area was actually recycled in:
i) 2017 - 2152
ii) 2018 - 2645
iii) 2019 - 2678

3. How much recycling (in tonnes) in your council /authority area was rejected in:
i) 2017 -
ii) 2018 -
iii) 2019 -
Comhairle Nan Eilean Siar (CNES) operate multiple methods to collect materials for recycling which include:
Co-mingled (Plastic, Paper & Cans) and Glass,
Twin Stream (Paper & Card and Plastic & Cans)
and also Bring Sites which mirror the service within the area.

The Co-mingled is positively picked to separate Paper and Plastic and processed Co-mingled prior to baling and sending away for recycling.  The Twin Stream is baled as two separate material types and sent away for recycling and Glass is also sent for recycling, our material is not generally rejected by the reprocessor. All the material that is sent for recycling is delivered to a reprocessing facility in Scotland, it is out with our control what happens to material thereafter. Due to the distance and cost involved in sending material from the Western Isles to facilities on the mainland, contamination and rejected loads is not acceptable and as we control the material from collection right through to arrival at the reprocessor we can ensure that contamination is avoided.

4. The number of complaints for missed bin collections in your council / authority area in:
i) 2017 -
ii) 2018 -
iii) 2019 -
As complaints do not form part of our PI’s we do no longer record the amount of complaints received regarding refuse collection, having said that the number of enquiries are relatively low as we are able to address missed collections by either collecting on a nearby route or by pickup as part of our special collection operations.

5. How much recycling (in tonnes) in your council / authority area was sent out of the United Kingdom in:
i) 2017 – All our material is sent to processors within the UK.
ii) 2018 - All our material is sent to processors within the UK.
iii) 2019 - All our material is sent to processors within the UK.

6. How much did the council /authority spend on litter waste in:
i) 2017 – Collected in house along with other household and commercial waste
ii) 2018 – Collected in house along with other household and commercial waste
iii) 2019 – Collected in house along with other household and commercial waste

7. According to the most recent figures, what is the council's or authority's capacity for recycling (in tonnes) for the following types of material:
i) glass - 702
ii) plastic - 231
iii) wood - 446
iv) aluminium - 25
v) paper - 266
vi) cardboard - 1376
vii) steel - 363
viii) clothing and textiles - 52
Due to our Geographical location and due to the distance and cost involved in sending material from the Western Isles to facilities on the mainland, we have no real restrictions on capacity for recyclates. We only deal with waste which originates from our Islands.