A ‘wheelie’ long wait for uplifts

GLENROTHES people may have to wait more than a fortnight for their bins to be emptied when a new refuse collection system in introduced.

And a small number of residents will be left with their rubbish for more than three weeks before it is taken away.

Fife Council says 40 per cent of households will have to wait longer than a fortnight between collections when the new system is brought in from Monday, October 15.

Collection days and times will also change.

Roddy Mann, environmental operations senior manager, explained the new system to a committee meeting last week.

He said: “There will be a bedding in period from October 15-29, when some households will not receive their collections for more than two weeks.

“We’ve had to re-draw every collection route in Fife so there are some cross-overs. It’s a one-off situation.

“After October 29, everyone’s collection will be on schedule.”

Mr Mann said during this period, householders waiting longer than two weeks would be able to use their brown bins for additional waste.

He added that the very small number going past three weeks would be sent individual letters explaining how their waste will be dealt with.

In the lead up to the changes, leaflets and calendars will be distributed to every home and there will be an advertising campaign using the press, radio, buses, the council website and social media.

The council says changing the collection system will save £800,000 a year by making more efficient use of its expensive bin lorries.

Currently refuse collectors work 7.30 a.m to 3.30 p.m.

Under the new system they will be required to work from 6.00 a.m until 9.00 p.m., Monday to Friday, on a two-shift system.

The majority of GMB and UNISON members accepted the proposals, but 65 per cent of Unite members voted against and the union will ballot its members on industrial action.

Town councillor Ian Sloan, said he wasn’t aware of all the details about the new system as a presentation is to be given to Glenrothes Area Committee on September 12.

He added: “There will be a period of transition, but there will be long term benefits in terms of cost savings.”

Fellow town councillor, Ross Vettraino, a former environment committee vice-chairman, said there are 58 refuse vehicles costing over £100,000 and they are sitting idle for 16 hours a day. He added that the council is no different from any other local authority in Scotland which is having to make savings.