Firm is happy to lift your nappies

Nappies will now be uplifted
Nappies will now be uplifted

Families in the Falkirk area can take the strain off their green bins by taking advantage of a service which uplifts soiled nappies fortnightly.

Falkirk Council has awarded recycling firm FCC Environment Services a seven-year, £6 million contract to collect the contents of residents’ black kerbside boxes, textile sacks and food waste containers.

Responding to concerns over capacity following a switch to three-week green bin collections, the council has included provision for a separate uplift for nappies in the contract.

Members of the council’s executive committee agreed to the deal at a meeting on Tuesday.

Councillor Craig R Martin said: “We are going to offer more services to the public and that puts less items in the green bins and less items in landfill, saving the council money.

“It is a change in the way the council works but I think it’s the way forward.”

Rhona Geisler, director of development services, said: “The green bins do fill up quickly with items like nappies, so this will be an incentive for people to have their nappies collected separately.”

The council hopes the new contract, which starts from May 2, will also improve the food bin collection service.

Mrs Geisler said: “The new contract means the contractors will be using their own vehicles so we are able to carry stringent penalties for failing to pick up bins.

“Any bins the contractor fails to pick up the council will charge them for so there is a real incentive there.”

Councill officers said they would come back to members with a report on the exact means and method to be used to store and collect the nappies.