Plans to change general waste collections across West Dunbartonshire will move closer next week.
A meeting of West Dunbartonshire Council’s infrastructure, regeneration and economic development committee (IRED) will be asked to approve a new waste plan – which aims to push the area towards net zero goals by 2045.
The Scottish Government have set out ambitious targets to achieve zero waste to landfill by December 2025.
Current figures show that just 38 percent of rubbish locally is recycled – a figure that has fallen since the Covid-19 pandemic.
Under the new plan, a recycling, resource and reuse centre (RRRC) would be established, while new communications strategies would focus on the importance of recycling.
The council also say that there would be ‘changes to our waste collection to increase recycling performance’.
A report, to be presented to members next Wednesday, continues: “In order to determine the actions required to improve recycling performance, waste services have worked in partnership with Zero Waste Scotland to model waste collections options.
“The options appraisal recommended a three weekly collection of residual waste with maintained or increased frequency of the collection of recycling material.”
A switch from fortnightly to three weekly general waste collections was first mooted in March, with the cash-strapped local authority facing a record budget gap of more than £20m. Members approved plans to look at the potential of switching to three-weekly collections earlier this year.
The creation of a new recycling resource centre also forms a key part of the plans, with council bosses hopeful it can contribute towards ‘circular economy’ goals – where fewer materials are wasted by being sent to landfill.
The report adds: “Our services will be delivered to households in a responsive manner.
“We aim to ensure that our customers are at the centre of the services we deliver supporting them to minimise, reuse and recycle their household waste.
“Infrastructure improvements to our household recycling centres and sites along with the development of a state-of- the-art RRRC will ensure that householders have access to facilities which again maximise the resource benefits.”
Councillor David McBride, chair of WDC’s IRED committee said: “Our waste service is currently responsible for 47 per cent of the council’s overall carbon footprint.
“With the climate emergency at the forefront of everyone’s minds, this strategy demonstrates a clear plan of action to reduce its impacts, deliver on targets and consider steps we can take locally.
“The strategy outlines our plans to build and strengthen existing work the council has undertaken to address climate change, with focus on enhancing the range of opportunities to prevent waste at source; to encourage reuse where practical; to recycle waste if required; and to minimise landfill.
“Significant work has already been undertaken as we work towards the Scottish Government’s ambitious target of zero waste to landfill by 2025.
“The aim of this strategy is to complement and enhance those efforts by increasing access to recycling services; increasing the range of materials collected for recycling, and maximising resident participation in preventing waste, reusing and recycling.
“At its heart, this strategy demonstrates our commitment to net zero and the importance of the circular economy and by working together with residents, we will significantly reduce the impact our area has on the environment.”