MP voices concerns over Aberdeenshire’s recycling rates heading into Christmas as he calls for centres to be more accessible
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MP David Duguid has spoken of the importance of improving access to recycling centres across Aberdeenshire after new figures show the region’s household recycling rate has fallen.
Information published by SEPA shows waste recycled in Aberdeenshire fell to 40.8 percent in 2020, a reduction of 1,500 tonnes (44 per cent) in 2019.
Almost 47,000 tonnes of waste were recycled in 2020 but more than 65,000 tonnes (57 per cent) were sent to landfill throughout the year.
It comes as around 4,000 residents took part in a consultation in October on whether changes should be made to the current recycling system where users must book slots to use facilities across the region.
As MP for Banff and Buchan Mr Duguid has written to the council asking for the results to be made public before being presented to the environment and infrastructure services committee for discussion on January 20.
He said the drop in Aberdeenshire’s recycled waste highlighted the need to improve access to recycling centres throughout the festive period.
Commenting David Duguid said: “It’s alarming to see a reduction in the amount of waste being recycled in Aberdeenshire and Covid has undoubtably had an impact on this.
“But assuming people are producing as much recyclable household waste in their homes as they did before the booking system and other restrictions were introduced, I’m concerned this is contributing to the increase in fly-tipping that has been observed in Banff and Buchan.
“It’s vital recycling centres remain accessible over the festive period and opening hours are communicated to the public to allow them to plan ahead.
“Everything must be done to encourage the use of our facilities and minimise the amount of waste incinerated or put to landfill.
“While I had hoped to see the booking system lifted before Christmas, I hope that the reduction in recycled waste across Aberdeenshire is taken into account when a decision is made next month.”