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First digital tool to tackle recycling confusion in the Highlands

By Jean Gunn

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Zero Waste Scotland has launched the first ever Recycling Sorter.
Zero Waste Scotland has launched the first ever Recycling Sorter.

Zero Waste Scotland has today launched a digital recycling tool to help combat confusion and meet Scottish recycling targets.

This Recycle Week ( September 20-26), Zero Waste Scotland is launching the first ever Recycling Sorter. The digital recycling tool will allow residents to search what items can be recycled, and in which bin, in any Scottish local authority.

Almost half of Scots admit that they could increase the amount of recycling they do, and many suffer from recycling confusion at some point during the process.

This tool will simplify and bring clarity to recycling ensuring that all households in the Highlands are recycling more of the right things in the right places. Sorting the right recyclable items into the right bin means they won’t needlessly end up in landfill.

When it’s done right, recycling is one of the easiest everyday actions we can take to reduce our carbon footprint. With the aim to recycle 70 per cent of Scottish waste by 2025 and the equally ambitious climate change target of the nation achieving net-zero emissions by 2045, Zero Waste Scotland is urging the public to play their part now.

Research carried out by the organisation has shown that a third of Scots often aren’t sure about which items can and can’t be recycled. The Recycling Sorter is the centrepiece of a new Zero Waste Scotland campaign, launched on Monday, called It’s Time to Get Recycling Sorted, to help increase the nation’s recycling abilities, helping householders in the Highlands know where to go for up-to-date information and to build awareness of how to recycle correctly, including commonly forgotten items such as bathroom products.

Iain Gulland, chief executive of Zero Waste Scotland, said: “We know there’s confusion out there surrounding recycling different materials and products at home. The Recycling Sorter takes people back to basics and cuts through confusion.

"The user-friendly tool will inform people of what items can and can't be recycled and how to prepare items for recycling – such as wash, squash, sort – and includes hints and tips to make it easier at home.

“The national recycling rate is not going in the right direction fast enough and we need to act now to transform our national recycling performance. Research carried out by Zero Waste Scotland revealed that nearly half the population could definitely increase the amount of recycling they do.

“Take action this Recycle Week, it’s time to get recycling sorted.”

Playing on the fact that Scots can enjoy night life once again, the supporting creative campaign assets feature a security doorwoman guarding the residual waste bin with a cornered off rope barrier. When the householder approaches the bin with an item that could be recycled – they are informed of the no entry policy and told "no the night pal".

If you’re not sure what to recycle in your area visit Zero Waste Scotland’s Recycling Sorter for all the information you need.

The new tool can be found here – www.recyclingsorter.scot

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