Working together to get rid of the rubbish

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Members of the Argyll and Bute community are being urged to come together and help reduce the amount of waste going to landfill.

Argyll and Bute Council are developing a new waste strategy to meet the government ban on Biodegradable Municipal Waste (BMW) going to landfill, which comes into operation in 2021.

Councillor Roddy McCuish, policy lead for roads and amenities, said: ‘I would urge people to take part in the consultation, which will be promoted through social media and our community councils.’

To meet the demands of the new legislation, the council, businesses, community and visitors will have to work together to increase recycling, reduce waste and prevent it in the first place.

The Waste Strategy will outline some of the approaches that can be made to reduce waste across the area.

It will offer solutions as to how people can meet the challenges raised by the landfill ban, felt more keenly in a rural and island area of over 2712 square miles – more than 4.5 times the size of London.

There will need to be separate solutions for different areas – islands and mainland.

‘This is something that affects everyone,’ added Mr McCuish.

‘From reducing waste in homes and businesses, to improving our recycling efforts, and the disposal services offered by the council, we all play an important role.

‘The ambitious targets facing us can’t be achieved in isolation.’

Biodegradable waste is any waste capable of undergoing anaerobic or aerobic decomposition, such as food, garden waste, paper and cardboard.

Another factor to be considered is the introduction of a Scottish Deposit Return Scheme for drinks’ containers.

With the Waste Strategy set to be complete in September 2019, consultation on the draft will begin in April and run for six weeks.

For more information on reducing waste go to: www.zerowastescotland.org.uk