SNP Councillor for Bishopton, Bridge of Weir and Langbank Natalie Don has welcomed a move from Renfrewshire council to supply local community hub The Bridge, Bridge of Weir with food waste bags.
The recent changes to Renfrewshire Council’s waste collections have been a big change for many. The new service aims to encourage people to be better recyclers and help Renfrewshire fulfil the national Household Recycling Charter objectives ahead of a ban on sending untreated biodegradable waste to landfill by 2021.
While official recycling statistics will not be released until later on in the year, a sharp increase in the number of requests for food waste bags hints that recycling could be on the rise. However this has also led to supply and demand issues and many residents have been finding that their food waste bags are not being delivered when they should be.
In light of this, several people got in touch with Councillor Natalie Don about the availability of food waste bags and one resident suggested making bags available in the Bridge. After enquiries were made by Cllr Don, Renfrewshire Council and the Bridge have came to an agreement to stock food waste bags in the community hub.
Cllr Don states, “While food waste bags can also be picked up at any of Renfrewshire’s recycling centres, there are many people who perhaps due to age, mobility or lack of transport can’t make it to a centre.”
“I am pleased that this has now been agreed and food waste bags are available at The Bridge. It is great to see the council and community working together and I am thankful to waste Officers who acted so swiftly with this.”
“The Bridge are only able to keep a small amount of bags so I would stress that these should only be used as a back-up. Only one roll will be distributed per resident per trip and collections will be recorded but hopefully this will mean no-one will have to go without.”