First bulky waste collections as new recyling bins introduced

The council’s first bulky uplift collection took place on Tuesday at Virkie and resulted in five electrical items being collected.

The paid-for Shetland-wide ser­vice has been started as the com­munity skip service is withdrawn, and should make it easier for people to get rid of large items, said environmental health chief Maggie Sandison. The service will operate on a six-weekly cycle, with a charge of £30 for collection of six items.

She said suitable items for collection include large pieces of furniture, bagged garden waste and large or heavy electrical items such as fridges and washing machines. These are sent south and any valu­able elements removed and recycled. Old computers will also be col­lected.

Meanwhile she explained that landowners can organise controlled burning of domestic waste on their own land so long as they do not create dark smoke.

Most waste from DIY projects such as dry untreated wood, old kitchen cupboards, paper and cardboard can be burned in a bonfire, as can dry garden waste. Wet vege­tation should not be burned as it creates a lot of smoke.

Mrs Sandison advised anyone burning materials to make sure the smoke does not cause nuisance to neighbours. She said: “The occa­sional bonfire with carefully selected materials should be fine, but make sure the weather conditions are suitable and avoid very windy days.”

However, anything containing plastic, foam or rubber should not be burned as it creates noxious fumes. Items in this category include polystyrene, foam-backed carpets, furniture with foam material inside, plastic packaging and tyres.
Meanwhile staff at environmental health want to make recycling as “effortless” as possible.

To this end new easy-to-access recycling collection points are to be introduced in Lerwick and Scal­loway to replace the kerbside collection service, which came to an end on Monday.

The new collection points will be in the form of recycling wheelie bins, which will be in place from 1st May. Mrs Sandison said the aim is to make recycling as easy as possible for everyone. She said: “This means people from all over Shetland will have the opportunity to recycle their plastic bottles, glass bottles and jars, food tins and drinks cans, and news­papers whenever they want at a choice of locations.”

The new recycling wheelie bins for all materials will be located at the following Lerwick sites: Tesco, The Co-op, Victoria Pier, Rudda Park car park, SIC North Ness (lower car park), Staney Hill Hall car park, Gremista Civic Amenity Site and Recycling Centre. In Scal­loway they will be at Blydoit and Burn Beach car park.

In the meantime, householders can take their waste plastic, glass, tins and newspapers to the Gremista centre.

Mrs Sandison said: “Shetland Islands Council is keen to see more householders involved in recycling, and we recognise that for some people, keeping their recycling in the house for up to two weeks was inconvenient.

“In rural areas we have not been able to recycle the full range of materials that you could in Lerwick and Scalloway.

“Improving the recycling facilities where people regularly come to shop or park their cars should provide an opportunity for everyone to recycle more when it’s most convenient to them.”


Add Your Comment
  • Mari Douglas

    • April 8th, 2013 12:52

    How is this making it easier to recycle your items? If people didn’t like holding on to their recycling waste for 2 weeks what are they going to think of having to go out the house and to the shop to get rid of it. I can only imagine that there will be a massive drop in numbers of people who will continue to recycle which is a shame as it affects us all in the long run.

  • Barbara johnson

    • April 9th, 2013 22:59

    Your right Mari the amount of recycling is bound to go down,people are just going to put in a black bag,also i want to know why it is safe the burn plastic now,when it wasn’t before,i’m sure it is still very toxic


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