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Scottish_composting_recycling_and_re-use_2016Scottish recycling, composting and re-use of waste from all sources has rocketed past the 60% milestone for the first time. That was the key finding of Official Statistics published recently by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA).

  • Scottish recycling, composting and re-use of waste from all sources rockets past 60% for the first time.
  • Food recycling and anaerobic digestion increased 20% from 2015 –
    a 78.1% increase since 2011.
  • Lowest quantity of Scottish waste landfilled since 2011.

In 2016, 6.96 million tonnes (61%) of waste was recycled, composted or prepared for re-use, over half a million tonnes more than in 2015.

What’s more, 2016 also saw more households and businesses recycle food waste as 605,614 tonnes of organic wastes was recycled in composting or anaerobic digestion facilities – an increase of 102,580 tonnes (20.4%) from 2015 statistics and a 78.1% boost since 2011.

Total waste generated in Scotland fell by over half a million tonnes (0.53m tonnes) since 2015, with Scotland achieving the lowest quantity of waste being landfilled since 2011 – a 10.3% decrease from 2015.

Source: sepa.org.uk

Over the coming months Glasgow City Council will be providing new wheelie bins to residents within Garscadden/Scotstounhill ward as part of the Bin Replacement Programme (BRP).

Through the city-wide programme, the Council is replacing the small metal dustbins used for general waste with new wheelie bins.  The BRP will also review recycling bin provision to ensure sufficient capacity is available to residents to increase their recycling.

The programme will be undertaken in three phases over a three year period and is programmed to be complete in the ward over two phases.  For those properties in G13 postcodes, the programme is currently underway and will be complete by the end of March 2018 (Phase 1) and for those properties in G14 postcodes, the programme will commence in April 2018 and be complete by end of March 2019 (Phase 2).

The programme will bring a number of benefits to residents in the local community by improving containment of general waste, the condition of backcourts and increasing opportunities for residents to recycle.

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So now that the festivities are over what happens to your real Christmas tree? Well there are plenty of locations across the city where you can take your tree to be recycled.

For households with a brown bin the trees can be chopped up into manageable pieces and placed in the bin and put out for kerbside collection.

Alternatively, trees can be taken to any of the four Household Waste Recycling Centres at Dawsholm, Shieldhall, Polmadie and Easter Queenslie.

And up until Friday 19 January real Christmas trees can also be taken to:

  • Pollok Country Park, Burrell Car Park
  • Alexandra Park, off Alexandra Parade, car park next to the golf course
  • Kelvingrove Park, Kelvin Way, grass area opposite the bandstand

The trees collected in the brown bins or taken to the recycling centres are sent for composting to our re-processing partners and the trees taken to the parks are chipped and shredded on site for use within the parks. And chippings will be available for the public to take free of charge from Pollok Park.

 

20160706_WHMalcolm12The Reporter appointed by the Scottish Government to consider the appeal against the Council’s decision to reject the WH Malcolm planning application recently undertook a visit to the site and surrounding area.

Representatives from several local organisations that have been campaigning against the development were invited to attend part of the visit with the Reporter. The organisations included:

  • Yoker Community Council
  • Whiteinch Community Council
  • Scotstoun Community Council
  • Jordanhill Community Council & Victoria Park Residents Association
  • Harland Cottages Residents Association

The purpose of this visit was to allow the reporter to become familiar with all the physical aspects of the site and the surrounding area and gain a better understanding of the features of the site that relate to the appeal.

We are expecting the reporter’s final decision to be made in the next 4 to 6 weeks and we will keep you informed of developments.

All the information and communication relating to the appeal can be found on the Scottish Government’s Directorate for Planning and Environmental Appeals website. The case reference number is PPA-260-2055.

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DSC05163Head along to the Whiteinch Centre on Tuesday 19th May for the Whiteinch Upcyclers Open Day! The Whiteinch Upcyclers are a keen group who meet every week to give unwanted furniture and homewares a new lease of life using a variety of creative techniques.

Tuesday’s Open Day is a chance to take a look at the group’s amazing creations, enjoy a cup of tea and a biscuit and maybe even create an upcycled masterpiece of your own at one of their taster sessions.

The group is looking to recruit new members so if you’ve got a creative streak and want to get involved just drop in to the Centre between 10:30 – 13:30. More details can be found on the event flyer.

Recently we visited a couple of other bike projects – Recyke-a-bike in Stirling and ED’s Cycle Coop in Bishopbriggs – to learn from what they are doing in terms of cycling, bike maintenance and bike recycling.RecyckeABike_20130418_12

In addition to our own De’ils On Wheels staff two volunteers from Wheel Fix It, a new bike recycling project in Drumchapel, also joined us on our visits.

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Our lovely tool board Woop! Lots of images here The workshop is officially open – Mon Tue 5-8pm, Wed Thu 1-6pm. We had a busy day up there today, there’s now 14 candidates applied for our build-a-bike courses, and today we had two people in fixing their bikes with Sandy’s help. Martin sorted out some niggly gears, brakes and headset issues, while Jim came in for an hour or so and cleaned and oiled his chain and freewheel, which were starting to seize up (despite liberal applications of cheap margerine to his chain – we think this could be a new market: “I can’t believe it’s not chain lube”) . Jim told us he rides around a lot and it helps keep him in good health, but lately he’s not been out on his bike at all because it wasn’t working and he’d been told it’d cost £70 to fix. All it needed was the right tools and a few drops of oil – Jim’s well pleased and he’s coming back next week to learn more about bike maintenance.

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