East Renfrewshire: recycling the right way?

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A BID by East Renfrewshire council to improve recycling is underway — but not all residents are happy with the facilities currently provided.

The council is implementing the second phase of its managed weekly collections (MWC) scheme, this month moving to Giffnock and Thornliebank and tackling communal properties still receiving fortnightly collections.

Environment convener Vincent Waters said: “Three years ago, East Renfrewshire had a recycling rate of 36 per cent.

“In 2010 the Scottish government published its Zero Waste Plan which contained ambitious recycling targets — it was recognised that action was required.

“East Renfrewshire’s performance has now increased with 54.3% of all waste being recycled in 2011/12.”

However, one reader believes that ERC is a step behind Glasgow city council.

Featured in this week’s letters page, Newton Mearns resident Jennifer Robertson writes: “In Glasgow you have wheelie bins to enable you to recycle. The green and white bags and blue box issued on behalf of East Ren just don’t work. They’re the ideal height for a young child to access, and the containers themselves aren’t weatherproof.

“For recycling to work, it has to be easy and accessible for all.”

An ERC spokesman reponded: “The collection process used results in a high quality, almost contamination-free recyclate.

“We do accept that for some householders, wheeled bins would help, but we also have to consider premises with limited space where our box and bags work well.

“We have not ruled out wheeled bin collections in the future but at present, cost and quality factors prevent us from doing so.”

What do you think? Share your thoughts by emailing Gillian (address above).