Falkirk Council vote for three-week bin cycle

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Residents in Falkirk will soon have to wait three weeks instead of two until their green bin is emptied.

At a meeting of the full council today, members voted to trial the reduction of the collection of residual, or green bin, waste from fortnightly to three weeks in an attempt to reduce the costly amount of waste the council sends to landfill.

Councillor Craig R Martin said he supported the preferred option of the three week cycle, but would rethink the approach if the trial period, details of which are to be announced at a future meeting, was not successful.

He added: “There need to be massive changes if we are to reach the target of 60 per cent household waste recycled by 2020. This has been moved by the SNP Government because they want zero waste for Scotland, which is a massive ambition.

“We need to find ways to make savings without hitting public services and this change in the bin system would go a long way towards doing this. We estimate it could save us £1.4 million per year.

“It is costing us £10,000 per day to send rubbish to landfill and with this new system we have the potential to reduce that by £3500 per day if everyone uses there recycling bins to their full potential.

“We also need to improve our food waste collection.”

The SNP Group argued the matter should be referred to the march meeting of the council to allow more details to be brought forward and more alternatives to the three-week cycle to be looked at.

Concerns over job security of council staff were also raised, with 26 bin cycles per year possibly reducing to 17 cycles under the new strategy.