Residents in Renfrewshire are set to see major changes to their bin collection service with the grey general waste bin dropping down to a three-week collection.
A new green bin collection will be launched for plastics, cans and glass as well as changes to what can go into the current blue bin making it only for paper and cardboard.
The changes are part of a drive to improve recycling as Councils across the UK plan for a ban on sending untreated biodegradable waste to landfill sites by 2021. This leaves only three years to meet the targets before the new law begins.
Labour Councillor Eddie Divine said ‘it’s not welcome’ and ‘the whole decision seems a bit bizarre.’
In some areas, a building with 6 flats could see backdoors with 24 bins and some buildings, like in Maple Drive in Johnstone, 32 bins between 8 flats.
Council bosses have said that evidence shows that 69% of rubbish being placed in the general waste bin could have been recycled and the new service aims to encourage people to be better recyclers and help Renfrewshire fulfil the national Household Recycling Charter objectives.
The changes to collections will include:
- A new green wheelie bin for plastics, cans and glass will be collected on alternate fortnights with the blue bin
- The blue bin will now be for paper and cardboard only and will be collected on alternate fortnights with the green bin
- The grey general waste bin will be collected every three weeks
There is no change to the brown food and garden waste bin which is still to be collected fortnightly.
Councillor Cathy McEwan, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Infrastructure, Land and Environment Policy Board, said: “The change to the bin collection service later this year will give residents the opportunity to reduce the amount of rubbish in their general waste bin and spread it out into an extra recycling bin.
“We recognise that this is a change for residents but everyone will still receive a weekly collection and by recycling correctly they will be able to see a difference in the level of rubbish they are producing.
“Other local authorities who have moved to a similar service have seen a significant improvement in recycling, meaning there are less disposal costs and the money saved can be reinvested into other vital services including investing in our schools, our roads and caring for the most vulnerable in our communities.
“We will be launching a campaign in the next few months to ensure residents have all the correct information in advance of the changes and we will work closely with them to guide them through the new process to ensure the new service works efficiently.”
Cllr Eddie Divine, leader of the Labour group in Renfrewshire told Renfrewshire News: “We voted against it, we don’t think it’s a good idea and the public don’t think it’s a good idea. I think it’s unhygienic, to say the least.
“Councillors, I’m sure all councillors and not just myself will have had people complaining who have families that aren’t able to cope with a two weekly pick up, never mind a three-week uplift.
“Residents have not been consulted and just been told it’s happening.
“It’s not welcome, it going to cause problems with flys and vermin especially in the summer months, the whole decision seems a bit bizarre. “
The new collection service delivery model will impact on the 90,000 properties across Renfrewshire which have a kerbside collection service and is set to be delivered later in 2018.
Approximately 30,000 Renfrewshire properties, which includes tenements, maisonettes and high flats, will see no change to their general waste collection but the service will be tailored to allow these properties access to the new service.
All residents affected by the changes will see receive detailed information in advance of the new service change on how to recycle correctly, what can be placed in each bin and the schedule of bin collections.