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Rubbish 'key issue' for Highlands
Notice on recycling bin
Highland Council provides bins for garden waste and paper and tin cans
Recycling will become one of the biggest issues facing the Highlands in the next five years, according to an Inverness councillor.

David Munro warned that people will have to pay more for domestic rubbish collections.

He said more will need to be recycled as the region's landfill sites fill up.

A second Highland councillor, Jimmy Gray, said residents in his Inverness ward are crying out for wider options to recycle their waste.

Mr Munro, who represents Raigmore, said the Highlands' three landfill sites will shortly be reduced to one as the others reach capacity.

Waste increasing

He said: "Waste is increasing at 3% per annum.

"It comes back to education. When people go to buy things, instead of having to put on an extra wrapping say 'no' and that will cut down on waste.

"There is no doubt about it, waste is going to be the big, big issue in the next five to 10 years and how we fund the collections and the disposal.

"We are running out of landfill sites - it's presently three in Highland.

"We will probably go down to one in two to three years' time and the cost of hauling it elsewhere in the short-term is very, very expensive."

Bottle bank
The councillors want a greater commitment to recycling

Mr Gray said people in his Crown ward want to recycle more.

He said blaming the Scottish Executive for not providing enough money is an attempt to hide the council's own shortcomings.

Mr Gray said: "There is a number of people in my ward who feel particularly strong about the fact that there is not the service in Crown similar to some other areas of Inverness."

He added: "I think we are being a bit disingenuous when we say it's up to the Scottish Executive.

"If we are really serious about waste then we need to prioritise such a way we provide that service."


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