LOCAL volunteers are being sought in a bid to boost Fife’s recycling rate.
Helpers based at the Falkland Centre for Stewardship are already holding events across north east Fife as part of the new Recycle for Scotland scheme — and organisers are urging more people to get involved.
It is hoped the initiative, run in partnership with Fife Council and Zero Waste Scotland, will help people save money, reduce waste and recycle as much as possible.
Kirsty Martin, Zero Waste Scotland’s volunteer co-ordinator with Falkland Centre for Stewardship, said: “Recycle for Scotland aims to make it easier for people to recycle more.
“Recycling guidance on the things we buy makes it clear what can and should be recycled.
“Making more use of nearby recycling centres or finding out about your kerbside collection scheme can make disposal of waste for recycling easier than you might think too.
“Simply visit www.recycleforscotland.com to find out more.”
She added: “Ultimately, we aim to boost Fife’s recycling rates.
“This is important for Scotland as a nation as it ensures we capture valuable materials for reprocessing rather than sending them to landfill.
“We already have 26 people but the more we have in our volunteer group, the more help we can provide to people in their local community.
“We need help to spread the word about how easy it is to reduce waste and recycle more.
The volunteers were joined recently by local councillors Andrew Arbuckle, David MacDiarmid and Donald Lothian.
In a joint statement, they said: “It should be easy for everyone in Fife to recycle key materials such as paper and card, plastic and metals like drinks cans, and it’s important that we all make the best use possible of kerbside collection services and local recycling centres.
“Recycling conserves precious resources, saves energy, helps the environment and reduces landfill.
“It is encouraging to have an active group of local volunteers working in their communities to help people reduce waste and recycle more.
“It’s vital that everyone plays their part to help Scotland become a zero waste society.”
n Anyone wanting more information about volunteering opportunities should contact Kirsty Martin on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07900 350756.