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Caithness News Bulletins March 2005

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The Highland Council is gearing up to launch a new kerbside collection of paper, cans and garden waste in Caithness which will make it much easier for 8,000 households in Thurso, Wick and Scrabster to recycle their household waste from their own front door.

Two new vehicles have been purchased to allow collections on a fortnightly basis.  One week, homes will receive a collection of garden waste and the following week a collection of paper and cans.  Each household will be supplied with an additional brown wheelie bin for their garden waste and a blue box for their paper and cans.    The normal refuse collection will be unaffected.

Leaflets giving full details of the new service, which will affect 65% of people living in Caithness, are being delivered to houses along the route over the next few weeks. The leaflets will also provide information about the items that can be recycled along with a contact telephone number for anyone with any queries to ring.

This is one of five new kerbside collection schemes which will be rolled out to over 42,000 households throughout the Highlands in the next couple of months. A successful pilot scheme which collects from 3,500 homes in the Badenoch & Strathspey and Inverness areas has been operating successfully since the summer of 2003.

Work on the Wick Recycling Centre at the Airport Industrial Estate is well underway and the new site is on schedule for opening in April.  Work is also underway to establish recycling points in Dunbeath, Thrumster, Keiss, John O’Groats, Dunnet, Watten and Reay.  It is hoped to start collecting glass from these sites in April, with further materials such as paper and cans by the summer.