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Moray Reach Out have 'can' do attitude


By Alan Beresford

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AS Moray Council stop collecting recyclables due to to the coronavirus crisis, a local recycling charity has stepped up to fill some of the gap left.

Drinks cans may be dropped off at MRO Recycling's Buckie site.
Drinks cans may be dropped off at MRO Recycling's Buckie site.

March 30 marked the last date for the foreseeable future that local authority will collect waste paper, tins and glass, with householders being asked to store these items until the service returns to normal.

However, Moray Reach Out (MRO) Recycling in Buckie – part of Moray Reach Out which is headquartered in the won – are offering to take some types of cans off people's hands.

By doing so, people will also be helping keep the charity, which offers training opportunities to adults with learning difficulties, afloat.

A spokeswoman for Moray Reach Out said: "Moray Council have stopped collecting recyclables for the moment so why not save your drinks cans for us?

"People who live or shop in Buckie can take their empty, rinsed, lightly squashed drinks cans to our March Lane site and place them in the yellow bins. Please only do this as part of your normal daily exercise or shopping outing. Your support is much appreciated.

"We support vulnerable people throughout Moray, but are now facing hard times due to our services and shops being closed. Saving your drinks cans for us will boost our income as we get paid for the cans we process, bale and sell on.

"Above all, stay safe and follow the government and NHS guidelines!"

MRO Recycling also have sites at Lossiemouth and Elgin. For more information and updates, follow their Facebook page.

The council made the decision after a reduction in workforce as its people follow government guidance to self-isolate, and to reduce the number of crew members in each vehicle to comply with social distancing instructions.

Moray Council’s waste manager, Mike Neary, urged residents to be mindful of the amount of waste being produced by their households.

He said: "We know that reducing recycling collections will be disruptive to households and we apologise for this.

"We have a duty of care, to colleagues and residents, to prevent the spread of Covid-19 and we must make sure we can continue to provide services in the safest way possible.

"Please do not place recyclables into your green bin as these will end up in landfill.

"If you can, bag or box any extra recycling materials you have and store these until recycling collections resume.

"We’ll restore a full service as soon as we can, and will collect excess."

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