Dunbar gets new bins for Recycle Week

Hundreds of new recycling bins are being installed in busy public places across Scotland as the country marks the start of Recycle Week.

They include new facilities in Dunbar High Street, which will enable locals to separate paper and cardboard, mixed cans, plastic bottles and glass for recycling.

The new facilities have been funded by Zero Waste Scotland, as part of a £250,000 drive to make it easier for people to recycle when they are ‘on the go’.

Monday heralded the start of Recycle Week, a nationwide drive to encourage people to recycle more, which this year is focusing on recycling plastic bottles.

Zero Waste Scotland and the Scottish Government are urging people to use the new recycling bins when they are out and about during Recycle Week.

Cabinet Secretary for the Environment, Richard Lochhead said: “Making recycling easy, whether you’re at home or out and about, is vital if Scotland is to achieve its zero waste ambitions.

“This funding supports local authorities, businesses, and the third sector to provide new recycling bins, however it’s down to everyone to use them.

“Scotland’s household recycling rate has jumped from 5% to nearly 40% in the last 10 years alone.

“While this is fantastic progress, there’s still room to recycle more at home as well as when we are out and about.

“The small effort it takes to separate our waste for recycling is very valuable to Scotland’s economy.”

Councillor Norman Hampshire, East Lothian Council Cabinet Member for Environment, said: “We are delighted that Zero Waste Scotland provided us with funding to invest in ten new public recycling bins.

“There are now so many ways you can recycle in East Lothian, including kerbside services and facilities available at many local recycling centres and points throughout the county.

“I would encourage everyone to recycle as much as they can which will not only help Scotland make the best use of its valuable resources but also take a giant step towards achieving the 70% recycling target for 2025.”