Extra collection will help keep it clean

Christmas waste will be kept to a minimum

AN EXTRA green bin collection will be made over the festive season to help householders on the three bin system cope with the extra waste created by Christmas and New Year.

This will be the first festive season for the waste system which is now being used by around 30,000 households across the Falkirk Council area.

Because of the extra demands caused by the festive season, the council has produced a helpful advice leaflet with dates for collections over the festive period.

The extra green bin collection, for non-recyclable waste, will replace a scheduled brown bin uplift of recyclable garden waste.

The leaflet also offers useful tips on how to reduce, re-use and recycle waste including using:

n your blue bin for gift wrap, Christmas cards and light cardboard packaging, sweet and biscuit tins as well as newspapers, magazines, junk mail, plastic bottles and tins;

n donating unwanted gifts to charity shops instead of throwing them away;

n recycling Christmas cards.

Brown cardboard should not go in the blue bin but can be taken to Falkirk Council's new recycling centre at Kinneil Kerse and the civic amenity site at Roughmute which will be open on Boxing Day and January 2 from 8 a.m. to 7.45 p.m.

As the sites can be very busy during the festive season, householders are asked to separate in advance what they take so it's easier to sort for recycling.

Peter Woodland, Falkirk Council's head of estates management, said: "We appreciate the tremendous support people have given the three bin system since we introduced it earlier this year.

"However, we realised that the festive season creates a great deal more waste which is why we decided to substitute a brown bin collection with an extra green one during the period.

"The advice leaflet is being delivered to every household using the three bin system and we hope householders will use it to reduce, re-use and recycle as much waste as possible."