This Recycle Week, let's come together to recycle as much as we can in Highland!
24th September 2019
The Highland Council is taking the opportunity during Recycle Week 2019 to encourage Highland households and businesses to do their bit and remember to recycle as much as they can.
Recycle Week (23- 29 September 2019) is the annual awareness week coordinated by Zero Waste Scotland, aiming to get everyone recycling more by raising awareness of the benefits and promoting easy ways to do more.
Councillor Allan Henderson, Chair of Community Services for The Highland Council said "This is a good opportunity to thank Highlanders for their recycling efforts. Last year, around 43% of the 143,000 tonnes of waste generated by households and businesses in the region was recycled."
He continued, "2019 has been a year of global environmental activism with a growing awareness of the damaging effects of plastic litter and pollution. With the approaching ban on landfilling biodegradable municipal waste in Scotland in 2021, it is more important than ever that we all try to waste less, ensure we reuse items and then recycle as much as possible. Another good reason to remember to recycle more and waste less is that it currently costs the Council around £150 per tonne to transport and dispose of waste to landfill, whereas it costs about half this amount to handle the material that is sent for recycling. Collectively we all need to come together to reduce our environmental impact and in turn build a vibrant circular economy in Highland."
Highlanders are being reminded this week to use their blue bin for cardboard, paper, tins, cans, cartons, aerosols and plastic bottles, tubs, pots and trays. Items must be clean, dry and loose and remember it's not just items from the kitchen; toilet roll tubes and shampoo bottles from the bathroom can also easily be recycled! Common contaminants such as plastic bags, glass and food waste cannot be recycled in the blue bins but do sometimes make their way in. Blue bins maybe rejected if they contain the wrong items as they contaminate the rest of the load and cause problems when the materials are being sorted.
There are also over 200 Recycling Points located across the region where glass bottles and jars can be recycled along with clothing and shoes. Other household items such as broken washing machines or kitchen appliances, timber and batteries can be taken to the Council's network of Recycling Centres.
This year, planning permission was granted for the Council to construct a new centralised Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) on part of the former Longman landfill site in Inverness. This new facility will receive Highland refuse, recover recyclables and prepare it for use as Refuse Derived Fuel. The Refuse Derived Fuel would be exported for use elsewhere in Scotland, the UK or Europe in thermal treatment facilities (Energy From Waste plants), which use the fuel to produce electricity and heat.
For more information on recycling or for top tips on reducing your waste, please visit www.highland.gov.uk/recycle.
Highland Council's Trading Standards Team is urging consumers to check whether their tumble dryer is covered by a nation-wide product recall. Safety concerns affect a wide range of models and the manufacturer is offering a brand new machine at no cost to replace the problem items.
The Highland Council is supporting this year's Challenge Poverty Week, which runs from 7-13 October 2019. The Scotland-wide campaign led by the Poverty Alliance is designed to raise awareness that poverty exists in Scotland and restricts people's ability to take part in society.
The Highland Council has once again been alerted to a Council Tax scam whereby scammers are cold calling and claiming that the resident is due a council tax refund or can have their Council Tax band reassessed upon payment of £150. Council Tax bands are determined by the Assessor and Electoral Registration Officer who is independent from the Highland Council.
Motorists are being advised that in the interests of public safety during the Loch Ness Marathon, River Ness 10k Race and River Ness 5k Fun Run charity events taking place this Sunday 6th October 2019, various roads temporary closures and restrictions will be in place. The Infirmary Bridge in Inverness will also be closed to pedestrians and cyclists on Sunday 6th October from 09:00 to 17:00.
The Highland Council has welcomed the announcement that it is to receive nearly £1.3m from the Scottish Crown Estate out of a total of £7.5m which was the net revenue from the marine assets in the 0-12 nautical mile zone for the year 2017-2018. Following the recent devolution of the management of the Crown Estate, this is the first year under these new arrangements which will enable coastal local authorities to fund coastal community benefit across the region.
Wickers are being given the chance to help transform their High Street into a more vibrant, accessible and a welcoming place for everyone to spend time in, as part of the Town Centre Regeneration. The Wick Street Design project is being delivered by Sustrans Scotland in partnership with The Highland Council, Royal Burgh of Wick Community Council and Local Councillors.
Consumer complaints about second-hand cars have topped the complaints "league table" in Scotland for many years. Common problems include mechanical issues, misdescribed cars and history.
Changes to a number of Polling Districts and Polling Places in the Highlands were agreed yesterday (Thursday 5 September 2019) at the meeting of The Highland Council. Members approved a new Scheme of Polling Districts and Polling Places that will be in place for the next four years.
As part of The Highland Council's Redesign, the Council has announced two further appointments to new posts of Executive Chief Officer (ECO). Stuart Black, Director of Development and Infrastructure, will take up the post of ECO for Transformation and Economy at the end of the month.
Kings Golf Club Inverness, (formerly known as Torvean Golf Club), has officially opened a new course and clubhouse on the north side of the A82 trunk road, on the outskirts of Inverness, marking the completion of a £12.35M investment as part of the Inverness West Link Road project. The official opening ceremony took place today, Friday 30th August 2019, with special guest Bernard Gallagher, former three times Ryder Cup Captain and the Provost of Inverness Helen Carmichael.
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