Bin changes being rolled out across West Lothian

The new slim bin roll-out across West Lothian will hopefully encourage more household to use recycling services available to them instead of filling their grey bins with recyclable waste that is sent to a landfill
The new slim bin roll-out across West Lothian will hopefully encourage more household to use recycling services available to them instead of filling their grey bins with recyclable waste that is sent to a landfill

Grey bins across West Lothian are shrinking in size in an effort to encourage more householders to recycle their waste.

The slim bin scheme will be wheeled out from May when the council will begin replacing the existing grey bins with the new diet versions.

The change, which is designed to reduce the amount placed in the landfill bins and encourage residents to use more of the recycling facilities currently on offer, has already been rolled out across Edinburgh, Fife and Perth and Kinross.

Data gathered highlights that 78 per cent of the material currently in grey bins, by weight, in West Lothian, could have been recycled using existing services.

Taxpayers could save over £238,000 a year from the introduction of the new slim bin according to the council, which estimates that an extra 7000 tonnes of waste will be recycled each year – an increase of 10 per cent based on current figures.

In 2015 almost £3.5 million was spent sending grey bin waste to landfill sites and costs are expected to rise in the future, forcing councils to look at how they dispose of landfill waste.

A council spokesman said: “The change isn’t about saving money. It is about changing behaviours and ensuring that we move away from our reliance on being able to dispose of waste in landfill bins.

“From 2021 no biodegradable materials can be accepted into a Scottish landfill site. For that to be achieved, residents must make significant changes to the way they dispose of their waste and a key factor in all this is to recycle more.”

More information is available on the council’s website: www.westlothian.gov.uk/slimbin. By 2017 all areas in West Lothian should have their new bin.