Falkirk bins not emptied for nearly a month

Falkirk residents say bins haven't been emptied for weeks due to confusion over pick-up dates.
Falkirk residents say bins haven't been emptied for weeks due to confusion over pick-up dates.

Residents have once again been left angry over bin collections.

The council has come under fire for the third week running after changes to collection days were bungled leaving householders confused over the correct days to put out their bins.

The problem has left bins across the district unemptied for nearly a month according to some residents who don’t want to take them back in for fear of missing an uplift.

Linda Beaton of Wester Crosshill Farm in Slamannan says her recycling bin hasn’t been emptied for 25 days, while their green rubbish bin has been full for 18 days.

Mrs Beaton called Falkirk Council about the problem last Friday and was assured they would be emptied that day, but she was still waiting on a collection earlier this week.

There have been similar problems in Old Denny Road, Larbert, where bin lorries can’t get access due to parking problems caused by visitors to Forth Valley Royal Hospital.

William Corner said: “I now have 25 days of recycling material and 18 days of household waste lying out partially blocking the pavement of my street. Other streets around mine have had the backlog cleared.

“It is bad enough that the residents of this street have to suffer the inconvenience of overspill parking from the Forth Valley Hospital (FVRH) blocking up our street, but the addition of three waste bins from each home now blocking up our pavement is totally unacceptable.”

NHS Forth Valley say it is committed to monitoring car parking around the hospital to determine the impact offsite parking has on the surrounding areas.

A spokeswoman added: “A survey was carried out to gauge the level of on street parking prior to the opening of the hospital. This survey will be repeated over the next few years and we are committed to working with partners to address any local issues.”

The Falkirk Herald’s Facebook page also received numerous complaints regarding the problem.

Julie Craft said on Tuesday: “I live in Dalderse Avenue and my blue bin was supposed to be two weeks ago and still not done as of earlier today. Emailed last week and no response.”

Linda Fairley added: “Wallace Place in Falkirk. Blue bins have not been emptied for about three weeks now!”

The council insist the problem areas are a minority within their collection routes across the district.

A spokesman said: “There have been a number of issues with access in Old Denny Road in Larbert and we would ask drivers to be considerate with their parking to allow us to gain access to households in that area.

“We are continuing to implement our new collection arrangements and in general we have been making very good progress.

“In context, we collect 100,000 bins every week and the number of collections that have been missed represents a tiny proportion of this figure.

“The council is most grateful for householders’ continuing patience and understanding.”

The council say anyone still unclear about new collection dates should call (01324) 504444, email contact.centre@falkirk.gov.uk or visit www.falkirk.gov.uk for more information.