Feb 21 2012 Perthshire Advertiser Tuesday
A MULTI-COLOURED makeover of its bin lorries is being touted by the local authority as a means of driving home the recycling message to residents.
Perth and Kinross Council’s five new ‘Rotopress’ vehicles – which collect kerbside garden and food waste – now display a bright fruit-themed design on their sides.
Funded through Zero Waste Scotland, the design is part of the national ‘Recycle for Scotland’ programme which aims to encourage more recycling.
Used on the new trucks, the colourful messages highlight the importance of using brown-lidded bins to recycle food and garden waste, which is then turned into compost.
Built to the council’s specifications, the lorries continuously compact the waste into a fully sealed compartment, enabling up to 50 per cent more material to be collected in a single trip than traditional refuse lorries can carry.
With an area of 5200 sqkm covered on each fortnightly collection, and some collection runs extending up to 200 miles driven in a day, the extra capacity is expected to prove useful.
The design of the new lorries also provides potential for them to be used to collect other recyclable materials from householders’ blue-lidded bins in the future.
PKC’s environment convener Councillor Alan Grant said: “Perth and Kinross Council already has one of the highest recycling and composting rates in Scotland, and this is very much due to householders making the most of the services we offer.
“The new vehicles are intended to help support that growth in interest and uptake by collecting more waste on each trip, which should make the process more effective for us as a council at the same time.
“As the main purpose of the vehicles is to collect the mixed food and garden waste, we are continuing to raise awareness of local recycling and highlight the message that this will be turned into a useable end product – compost – with this eye-catching design.”
Maurice Golden from Zero Waste Scotland, added: “Scotland has set ambitious targets when it comes to reducing our waste and recycling more.
“By 2025, we are aiming to be recycling 70 per cent of all waste produced in Scotland.
“The provision of suitable kerbside recycling services has an important role to play, and Perth and Kinross Council’s investment in new trucks with increased capacity to collect more waste in one trip is a big step in the right direction.
“But providing a waste collection service is only one part of our future success. Householders have to make the best possible use of their recycling bins if we are to meet our targets.”
mFor further information about the council’s recycling and composting services in the Perthshire and Kinross areas, call 01738 476476, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.pkc.gov.uk/recycle
Source: Perthshire Advertiser