Highland Council joins Scotland's battle to wage war on waste
21st September 2017
The Highland Council has signed up to join Recycle Week's army of ambassadors in a bid to get Scotland recycling more.
Recycle Week, which takes place from 25 September to 1 October 2017, is the annual UK-wide campaign to raise awareness of the vital importance of recycling. Over the course of the week Zero Waste Scotland will be encouraging people from all over the country to become waste warriors and do their bit by recycling as much as they can.
Highland Council will be encouraging the public and its staff to increase the household recycling in Highland from 44.5% to 60% by 2020. The Council will be using Social Media, newspapers, magazines and it's website to bring the importance of recycling to the attention of the public.
Good progress has been made in Highland: we are in the top 6 Councils in Scotland for recycling rates, having recycled 60,000 tonnes of household waste in 2016. Kerbside collections account for 50% of this, with the Recycling Centres and Recycling Points accounting for the other 50%. However, 55.5% of household waste is still sent for disposal in landfill sites or incineration. The Highland Council aims to reduce this amount and will be using Recycle Week to highlight the benefits of recycling with their employees and the residents of the Highland area, promoting ways in which every person can do their bit.
Commenting on their involvement Councillor Allan Henderson, Chair of the Council's Environment, Development and Infrastructure Committee said: "Recycle Week is such a fantastic and worthwhile campaign to be a part of and we are looking forward to getting our employees and residents involved.
"We will be getting as many people involved as possible and would encourage other organisations and businesses in Highland to sign up too and join Recycle Week’s army of ambassadors."
Iain Gulland, Chief Executive, Zero Waste Scotland said: "Recycle Week is the perfect opportunity for us to get as many people as possible from across the country recycling more and we are grateful to Highland Council for joining us in spreading the word.
“Recycling in Scotland has vastly improved over the past few years but we still have some way to go to meet the Scottish Government’s target of recycling 70% of our waste by 2025. It is a target that can absolutely be achieved if every one of us makes that extra effort to ensure we are recycling as much as we possibly can."
To sign up to Recycle Week please visit www.zerowastescotland.org.uk/recycleweek2017
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.
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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