Review of Recycling Centres in Highland
24th February 2014
The Highland Council’s recycling team is reviewing the operation of its network of 21 recycling centres to encourage the public to make a bigger effort to separate waste that can be recycled from waste that cannot.
The Council wants to increase the amount of material recycled and at the same time reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill.
The amount of non-recyclable (residual) waste collected at recycling centres is rising despite all households throughout Highland having access to kerbside recycling services through the alternate weekly collection; the bulky uplift service being available to over 98% of households in Highland; and over 98% of households living within a few miles of a recycling point.
To tackle this increase, a programme of improvement at all recycling centres has been. These are:-
· A pilot programme is to be introduced at Alness Recycling Centre to examine a range of ways in which the Council can identify and then eliminate the deposit of commercial waste;
· The introduction of specific times/days for the deposit of waste by vans and trailers to ease congestion and “skip blocking”;
· The introduction of an inspection system to ensure that residual waste brought to the site does not contain recyclable waste;
· The re-organisation of sites to increase the provision (space permitting) of recyclable containers and of materials which can be recycled;
· An application to Zero Waste Scotland has been made to examine alternative ways to engage with the public and improve segregation of recyclable materials.
This programme will commence in April.
Councillor Graham Phillips, Chairman of the Council’s TEC Services Committee, said: “We have made great strides forward with recycling over the past decade and we want to maintain the momentum. We have the infrastructure in place and now we need to make some slight changes to the way we run our recycling centres to encourage the public to do more to separate their waste before they get there. Our aim is to increase the recyclable material deposited at our centres and reduce the amount of waste that goes to landfill.”
Bill Alexander, Director of Care and Learning, has announced his intention to retire from The Highland Council. Bill commenced with the Council in 2000, in a joint post with NHS Highland as Head of Children's Services.
Beware of calls from scammers pretending to be the Telephone Preference Service warns Highland Council Trading Standards. Highland Council Trading Standards wish to warn consumers not to fall for a new telephone call scam in which fraudsters pretend to be calling from the Telephone Preference Service (or TPS).
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: • B862 Fort Augustus - Whitebridge - Torness - Dores – Inverness Road; specifically at Errogie Village (North Gateway), Errogie Village (South Gateway), and Compass Farm; and • B851 Errogie – Strathnairn – Daviot Bridge – 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.
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