Looking after your garden? Please remember the environment and use seasonal garden waste points

Following our recent mixed bag of downpours and beautiful sunny weather, many gardens will be heaving under the weight of new growth, with equally as many gardeners mobilising across the area.

A number of new seasonal garden waste recycling points have been established across Aberdeenshire, doubling the existing number, to try to divert more of this material away from landfill.

This is in addition to the garden waste collection points which are already available at the area’s Household Recycling Centres (HRCs).

Not only does recycling garden waste benefit the environment it also saves taxpayers money, meaning it can be reinvested in other local services.

So if you’re lucky enough to have a garden, please think of the environment and recycle your garden waste at one of the seasonal waste collection points or your local HRC where possible.

The collection points are available every Saturday and will be operating this year until Saturday, November 2 as part of wider efforts to increase recycling.

Site locations and opening hours are as follows:

• Aboyne: Station Square car park from 12-3pm.
• Ballater: Roads depot, South Deeside Road from 8-11am.
• Balmedie: Library car park, Eigie Road from 1-4pm.
• Blackburn: School car park, Fintray Road from 8-11am.
• Inverbervie: Beachfront car park from 12-3pm.
• Kemnay: Birley Bush council depot from 8-11am.
• Kintore: School car park, Castle Walk from 1-4pm.
• Mintlaw: Council depot, South Street from 8am-12pm and 12:30-3pm.
• Newmachar: layby on the A947, north of Newmachar from 8-11am.
• Newtonhill: Bettridge Centre car park from 8-11.40am.
• Oldmeldrum: Academy bus car park from 1-4pm.
• St Cyrus: Ecclesgreig Road car park from 8-11am.

Only bagged grass cuttings and small prunings will be accepted at the seasonal sites. This is because the bags of garden waste need to be lifted and emptied into the back of a lorry and large items, such as thick branches, can damage the compaction mechanism in the lorry. Bags will be returned to customers.

HRCs should be used for recycling larger items and loose garden waste. 

Residents should not leave garden waste at these locations when the service is not operational, this is considered to be flytipping.

The council also provides heavily discounted home composters allowing environmentally-friendly disposal of garden waste at home: http://bit.ly/Composters

See the location, opening times and other information about your nearest HRC here: http://bit.ly/AbshireHWRCs