Residents hold the key to saving cash and meeting recycling targets as Falkirk Council gets set to test a new three-week green bin uplift.
At a meeting on Tuesday members of Falkirk Council’s executive committee backed a pilot scheme to collect non-recyclable waste every three weeks instead of the current two.
The pilot will go live for 18,000 households in Airth, Carron, Carronshore, Larbert, Stenhousemuir and Torwood on Monday, May 12.
Councillor Craig R Martin said: “It’s time for residents to get ready and we will work with every household involved if necessary, talking to them on an individual basis to help them with this three week cycle.
“We are doing this to meet national waste targets and because it could deliver £1.4 million of savings for the council. We need to improve our food waste collections, people will have to start using their food bin.”
Robin Baird, waste strategy co-ordinator, said food bins will be the single most important factor in making the move to a three-week collection successful.
Council Leader Craig Martin said: “It’s important we encourage residents to use all their bins to full capacity in order to reduce waste going into the green bin.”
In the run-up to the launch there will be a communication strategy involving advertising, leaflet drops, roadshows, press and social media releases to deliver all the information residents need to prepare them for the introduction of the three-week cycle.
Rhona Geisler, director of development services, said: “We need to ensure our communities have confidence in these changes because we cannot continue to send waste to landfill for environmental and financial reasons.”
A report on the success of the pilot will be given to councillors on August 19.
Information on the pilot project is available by calling (01324) 504411 or visiting www.falkirk.gov.uk/recycling.