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£52M FOR RECYCLING AND WASTE MANAGEMENT IN NORTH LANARKSHIRE

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Residents are set to benefit from major improvements to recycling ...
Residents are set to benefit from major improvements to recycling

and waste management facilities thanks to funding of£52.19m

awarded to North Lanarkshire Council from the Scottish

Executive's Strategic Waste Fund.

This funding will allow the council to extend the level of recycling

kerbside collection schemes in the area and also introduce a dedicated

education and implementation programme as part of the recycle for good

campaign.

The total value of the grant funding amounts to£10.1m for

financial years 2004/05 to 2005/06 and£42.09m from 2006/07 to

2019/2020.

Recycling levels across North Lanarkshire - which have continuously

improved in recent years - are set to increase even further as a result of

the additional monies made available today. And that's not the only good

news as 64 new full-time posts will be created as a direct result of the

funding, with 17 new vehicles and 153,400 additional recycling bins

introduced on the streets of North Lanarkshire.

Jim Logue, convener of the community services committee, said:

'This is terrific news. We are committed to improving the way we deal with

our waste in North Lanarkshire and£52.19m will certainly help us

achieve this.

'Thanks to the Scottish Executive, our brown bin garden waste collection

scheme will be extended to almost 120,000 homes, which will receive a

fortnightly uplift of garden waste such as grass cuttings, flowers,

plants, hedge trimmings, leaves, twigs, small branches and bark. This

service will be provided during the growing season (April to October).

'In addition, our highly successful blue bin collection scheme, which

recycles paper waste such as newspapers, magazines, junk mail, computer

paper, holiday brochures and telephone directories, will be extended to an

additional 67,200 homes, bringing the total number of blue bins in North

Lanarkshire to an amazing 119,200.'

The council will not only improve the collection side of its recycling

provision, it will also develop its existing civic amenity sites at

Wardpark in Cumbernauld, Dalmacoulter in Airdrie and Auchinlea in Cleland.

Other civic amenity sites - Souterhouse in Coatbridge, Meadow Road in

Motherwell, and Belhaven Road in Wishaw will be relocated and developed.

'We are currently recycling around 14.2 per cent of our waste', continued

Mr Logue, 'which is very encouraging given the poor recycling

figures we recorded just four years ago. However, we know that we have to

get the key message across about the importance of recycling.

'That is why an important element of our funding package is the education

programme, which will involve the use of a multi-media vehicle. We need to

get our young people interested in recycling, we need to keep them

interested in recycling and we need to show them just how easy it can be.

'That has always been at the heart of our recycling initiatives and I hope

the residents who receive these new recycling bins, will do all they can

to help us reach our target recycling figure of 28 per cent.

'And we mustn't forget the unique aspect of our recycle for good campaign

- for every percentage point increase in our recycling levels in this

financial year, we will give a cash donation to the British Heart

Foundation. That just shows the good that recycling can do!

Scottish Executive press release

Funding for North Lanarkshire recycling facilities

People living throughout North Lanarkshire are to have access to new and improved recycling facilities.

A£52m award, from the Executive's Strategic Waste Fund, will enable the expansion of a blue bin collection scheme from 52,000 householders to 119,200 households, expansion of the brown bin green waste collection scheme and development of six civic amenity sites into recycling centres.

In addition, North Lanarkshire Council propose to implement an associated education and awareness campaign, waste minimisation programme and monitoring and market development activities.

Environment minister Ross Finnie said:

'The Executive is committed to transforming the country's record on waste reduction, recycling, composting and recovery. This substantial funding will help ensure many more North Lanarkshire citizens have access to recycling facilities.

'Our National Waste Plan, which we are backing with significant resources, is beginning to show a real difference on the ground. Every month, recycling becomes easier for Scots with new and improved kerbside facilities, recycling bins and other services being provided across the country.

'By providing this long-term funding we are helping North Lanarkshire Council meet their targets for waste minimisation, recycling and reduction in landfill. We are determined to provide Scots with much more sustainable ways of managing their waste.'

The funding will help deliver 28 per cent recycling and composting in North Lanarkshire by 2005/06.

Funding totalling£143m has been awarded through the Strategic Waste Fund (SWF) to 30 local authorities to 2005/2006. A total of£529m has been awarded to local authorities across Scotland to assist in the delivery of recycling projects to 2020.

Funding from the Strategic Waste Fund was also announced today for an environmental initiative in the North East of Scotland. The Business Environment Partnership is to receive£200,000 to assist its work in helping North East companies raise profits through cutting down on waste.

The National Waste Plan was published on 24 February 2003 and sets out the Executive's targets for sustainable waste management until 2020, including plans for segregated kerbside recycling waste collection in nine out of ten Scottish homes.

The encouragement of recycling and waste reduction is a key element of the Executive's Environmental 'Do a Little, Change a Lot Campaign' (www.dochange.net). As improved local authority recycling services are rolled out, these will be supported by local public waste awareness campaigns.

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