Montrose Academy goes greener

Montrose Academy in Angus will now be able to recycle paper, cans and plastic bottles to help transform the school into a greener place to study.

Pupils and staff have received new recycling bins as part of Angus Council's new school and business recycling service.

The new service will allow schools and businesses in Montrose and Brechin to recycle paper, cans and plastic in addition to the existing collections for cardboard and glass.

The fortnightly services were successfully introduced in Arbroath, Monifieth and Carnoustie last year.

Jamie Buchan, company director of Specsavers in Arbroath, said in a statement: "Specsavers Arbroath is a company committed to recycling and all things 'green'.

"Before the council's recycling service started we had to resort to taking everything to the recycling centre ourselves each week - we now have a fantastic service from Angus Council with virtually no cost. I wholeheartedly encourage everyone to use the facility."

All businesses who are customers of the council's commercial collections of general waste are eligible for the service with the only cost being the purchase of the recycling bins.

Councillor David May said: "Recycling and composting in Angus reached 34.7% in 2007-2008 but the council must achieve a level of 40% recycling and composting by 2010.

"The new school and business recycling service will help to achieve this and ultimately, divert more waste from landfill. I am delighted that the pupils and staff of Montrose Academy are making such a positive contribution to our efforts."