Message to re-use during European Waste Reduction Week
19th November 2013
This week is the European Week for Waste Reduction (EWWR) and this year The Highland Councilís Waste Aware Team are getting involved. Staff will be on hand at various Recycling Centres across the region, raising the profile of the furniture re-use skips at the sites, and encouraging householders to think before they throw away, and consider whether an item can be reused.
This is the 5th year of EWWR and the aim of the week is to raise awareness of ways to minimise our waste, particularly by reusing items, and encourage change in everyday behaviour in order to reduce the amount of waste produced across Europe. Officially managed in Scotland by Zero Waste Scotland, the main theme this year is to re-use.
Many Recycling Centres in the Highlands have re-use skips, where good quality furniture is collected by local charities who assist people on low incomes, either by giving them items they could otherwise not afford, or by selling items in their shops to raise funds. Re-use items are collected by HomeAid in Caithness and Sutherland, Blythswood Care in Ross-shire, and New Start Highland in Inverness, Lochaber, Nairn and Badenoch.
The above Community Groups also offer free collections from households, please contact them directly for more information. New Start Highland can be contacted on 01463 715615, Home Aid on 01847 890696 and Blythswood on 01349 830777.
Even the smallest changes in daily lives can make a big difference in our local environment and help Scotland to move towards becoming a more sustainable and resource efficient society. Highland residents can do their bit by making full use of their nearest Recycling Centre for recycling many items such as glass, cardboard, light bulbs, batteries, garden waste and waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE). Many sites also accept gas cylinders, cooking oil, engine oil, tyres, wood and plasterboard.
Please make sure you separate your materials, so that itís easy for you to place them in the right container when you arrive. Operatives are on hand to assist you if youíre unsure what goes where. The current municipal recycling rate in the Highlands is 41% so we are on track to reach the target of 50% by the end of 2013 as set out in the Scottish Governmentís Zero Waste Plan. However this target will only be reached if everyone plays a part in helping reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill.
For further advice on waste minimisation and recycling, or to find out more about your nearest Recycling Centre telephone 01349 886603, email recycle[AT]highland.gov.uk or visit www.highland.gov.uk/recycle.
Recent outcomes of Redesign work were noted by Members at yesterday's Highland Council meeting. In the first year of the programme, 8 redesign projects were undertaken using a "Lean" approach and 36 staff have been trained as facilitators.
Motorists are being advised that The Highland Council is currently preparing to carry out resurfacing works at the following locations: ‚ÄĘ B862 Fort Augustus - Whitebridge - Torness - Dores ‚Äď Inverness Road; specifically at Errogie Village (North Gateway), Errogie Village (South Gateway), and Compass Farm; and ‚ÄĘ B851 Errogie ‚Äď Strathnairn ‚Äď Daviot Bridge ‚Äď Culloden Moor Road; specifically at Aberarder House. Advanced works notification signage will be provided at various locations from Thursday 15 March 2018.
The Highland Council has agreed a capital programme of ¬£482m over the next 5 years. The Highland Council serves the largest geographical area in Scotland (over 30%) and has just under ¬£2bn of assets on its balance sheet comprising, amongst other things, 203 operational schools, over 6,700km of roads and over 2,000 properties.
The Highland Council's Enforcement Officers have stepped up patrols in Caithness in a move to tackle the problem of littering, fly tipping and dog fouling. A number of fixed penalty notices have been issued recently including an ¬£80 fine for dog fouling in the Stafford Lane and Back Bridge area of Wick, a ¬£200 fine for fly-tipping on Ackergill Street and another ¬£80 fine for dog fouling in Lybster.
Speaking ahead of today's Council meeting to agree the Council's Capital Programme for 2018/19 to 2022/23, Cllr Margaret Davidson, Leader of the Highland Council said:- "This programme delivers significant investment in a range of key projects across the Highlands. We are investing in schools, roads, bridges, harbours and flood prevention schemes that will benefit our communities.
Highland Council is to make a special case for extra capital investment in the road infrastructure after a winter period which has seen the Highlands battered by some 57 days of severe weather. Highland Council area is particularly subject to severe winter weather, which has a significant impact on the roads and other infrastructure.
Maps of the Council's gritting routes by priority and policy are available online at www.highland.gov.uk/gritting. The information provided is a summary of reports from operational staff and is intended to give a general indication of typical conditions in each area at a point in time.
The ¬£48.5m Wick Community Campus built by Morrison Construction has been announced as a finalist at the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) Awards for Planning Excellence 2018. The project is entered in the category for "Excellence in Planning for a Successful Economy" against eight other finalists from across the UK with the winner to be announced during a ceremony at Milton Court Concert Hall on 24 May 2018.
A Partnership for Procurement event was held in Inverness today (Thursday 6 March) to raise awareness and the capability of the third sector to successfully bid, supply and deliver services for the public sector. Partnership for Procurement (P4P) is a new initiative funded through the Scottish Government's 10 Year Social Enterprise Strategy; supporting social enterprises and third sector organisations to better access public contracts and build partnerships.
Across the Northern Alliance local authorities an exciting project has been rolled out to raise attainment in literacy, language and communication. The programme is being delivered in around 50% of primary schools across the Northern Alliance and is aimed at supporting practitioners to take a developmental approach to supporting early literacy development.
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