Highlands and Islands Greens
Highlands and Islands Greens

Green Candidate Calls for Ambitious Waste-Reduction Targets

Friday, October 21st, 2011

“While we welcome The Highland Council’s waste management measures, including its guidance material for school teachers, it is crucial that The Council should set ambitious targets for waste reduction, as well as continuing to improve recycling facilities”, says local Green Party activist and Inverness South by-election candidate Gale Falconer.  “Only by setting targets can we measure progress.”

And while welcoming the introduction of blue bins to the city, Greens believe that recycling is only part of the answer to dealing with waste.

Speaking at Inverness Recycling Centre in Henderson Drive, Gale said “The blue bins have been a huge success across the Highlands and I look forward enormously to their arrival in Inverness South.  It shows that where good facilities exist, people willingly use them.  However we should also take action to reduce the amount of waste we have in the first place: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle is the guideline we should follow.

“We can reduce our carbon pollution by careful shopping to reduce food and packaging waste – these buy-one-get-one-free offers are not a bargain if you don’t eat it all in the end.  We can repair items, or share items such as garden tools with neighbours and family instead of always buying new.  We can compost food waste at home instead of putting in in the bin.  When we remember that Highland’s wheelie bin waste is disposed of in landfill hundreds of miles away, we know we need to cut back.

“If elected in Inverness South, I would work hard to identify realistic targets for waste reduction, as well as continuing to improve recycling facilities.  And I am certainly opposed to a waste incinerator at the former Longman landfill site: incineration is polluting and does nothing to encourage people to reduce their waste.”