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Dates set for start of recycling

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WHEELIE bins and information packs will be issued to households throughout Shetland soon as part of the roll-out of recycling in the isles.

Households will receive an information pack with details of the changes to the service, a customised collection calendar for each area, and a recycling information leaflet.

Over the next three months, wheeled bins will be delivered to households across Shetland, at least two weeks ahead of the start of collections in each area.

Each household will receive two colour coded wheeled bins, one with a blue lid for the collection of paper, card and cardboard and one with a grey lid for the collection of plastic bottles, cans and drinks cartons.

Waste will be collected on a four weekly cycle, with grey lid and blue lid bin collections alternating with normal black bag collections.

The first bins will be delivered to households in the north and west mainland by mid-June, ahead of collections starting in the week beginning 9 July.

The first phase of the new collection service took place in Brae and Muckle Roe earlier this year, and households will continue on their current collection cycle with the rest of the north and west mainland adopting this pattern.

Glass can still be recycled by taking it to one of the bottle banks that exist in many locations around Shetland.

Household collections in each part of Shetland are due to begin on the following dates:

North and West Mainland – week beginning 9 July; South and Central Mainland (Burra & Trondra (including East Voe); Dunrossness; Gulberwick, Quarff & Cunningsburgh; Sandwick; Whiteness, Weisdale & Tingwall) – week beginning 23 July; North Isles and Whalsay – week beginning 13 August; Nesting, Lunnasting, Scalloway (excluding East Voe) and Bressay – week beginning 27 August; Fair Isle, Foula, Papa Stour and Skerries – week beginning 3 September; Lerwick – week beginning September 10

The council wants households to put out their rubbish and recycling by 7.30am on their normal day of collection. Council staff will not collect waste on any other day, or collect any materials presented incorrectly, such as black bag rubbish on a recycling week.

More information is available on the Council’s website at www.shetland.gov.uk/rubbish-recycling 

Anyone with questions about the new collection service can contact the recycling team at recycling@shetland.gov.uk or 01595 744810