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November 10, 2010

If the council can’t do it, Moffat CAN

Changing the way we all think (CRNS) about the waste which is produced in our communities is exemplified by the work of a community project in Dumfries and Galloway.  Moffat CAN are involved in a whole range of local actions designed to tackle climate change.  When the Council announced it was stopping its doorstep recycling service, Moffat CAN knew what they had to do

Moffat CAN has started its kerbside collection service in the Upper Annandale area of the Borders – a triangular route that covers Moffat, Lockerbie and Lochmaben.

This follows Dumfries and Galloway Council decision to cease its kerbside recycling service in favour of dealing with waste through an MBT Eco-Deco plant in Dumfries. Members of the community in Moffat could see the value in continuing to recycle waste materials and set up their own free collection service.

Moffat CAN’s Recycling Officer, Reg Fairbairn said: “The response from the public has been very encouraging. We managed to negotiate reusing the boxes previously used by D&G Council for kerbside recycling and we are receiving calls on a daily basis from people asking to sign up. There is a potential of 8,000 household in our target area and Moffat CAN has created six Future Job posts along with a number of full and part time positions.”

Moffat CAN is a community-owned company and charity. Our aims are environmental protection, relief of poverty and, especially, carbon reduction. CAN stands for Carbon approaching Neutral. CAN is working to achieve national and international targets on reducing climate change pollution in our rural town in Southern Scotland.