Households get their own bottle banks

Councillor McKenna has already tackled food waste - now glass is in her sights.
Councillor McKenna has already tackled food waste - now glass is in her sights.

Households in Motherwell and Bellshill areas will get yet another bin as North Lanarkshire Council steps up recycling efforts.

From November they will be expected to put glass bottles and jars in a separate bin. A pilot scheme has been running in Cumbernauld and Airdrie areas, and is now being extended.

Residents already have bins for paper, normal household rubbish, leftover food and grass cuttings. But at present the environment-conscious must take glass to a community bottle bank.

A council spokesman said new green-lidded bins will be delivered over a four-week period from Monday, September 21, along with an information leaflet.

Glass bins will be emptied every four weeks, starting in November, and stickers will state collection dates.

Councillor Helen McKenna, convener of the environmental services committee, said: “Feedback from the trial has shown that residents are happy with the glass collection service.

“When we roll it out to all households we expect it to increase our overall recycling rate by around 3%.

“This will be a significant contribution to meeting our recycling targets, and in the long term will save the council money from expensive landfill charges.

“I would ask residents to continue to support our efforts to reduce waste and recycle.”