Petition calls for scrapping of bin trials

Fife Council is proposing more changes to its bin collection system
Fife Council is proposing more changes to its bin collection system
  • Planned changes to bin system
  • Different collections to reduce rubbish to landfill
  • Petition against move draws 2000 signatures
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Two trials of new refuse collections – which will include less frequent emptying of the blue bins for general waste – will begin this summer.

But there’s already opposition to the move, with an online petition attracting more than 2000 signatures in less than a week.

The year-long trials, which will affect up to 4000 households in Fife, are being introduced in a bid to reduce waste going to landfill.

In one of the trials, the blue bins will be emptied every three weeks, instead of the current two, and in the other only every four weeks.

However, green bins – used for recyclable materials such as plastics and cans – will be emptied more frequently.

Councillors last week approved the trials in a bid to find ways of complying with tough regulations which will ban the landfilling of waste from January 2021, and to meet ambitious recycling targets set by the Scottish Government.

Chris Ewing, chief operating officer of Resource Efficient Solutions, the company set up by Fife Council to provide waste services, said if no improvements were made to the current four-bin system, and the cost for landfill disposals stayed the same, the cost to the Council could be an extra £1.5 m a year.

He said: “We’ve had to have a look at changes to collections to improve recycling rates and these two options identified could also save the council money.”

However, a petition – which can be found at www.change.org/p/fife-council-scrap-the-3-4-weekly-waste-collection-trials – is calling on Fife Council to scrap the waste collection trials.

The petition states: “Scrimping on refuse collections isn’t acceptable.

“The worry of attracting vermin by having landfill waste lying for up to four weeks is a very real possibility, as Rentokil has warned, and poses risks to health.

“There may well be a need to find solutions to meet EU waste regulations but this is rubbish!”

The areas where the trials will be carried out have not yet been decided, but will be in parts of Fife with “average” recycling levels.

One of the trials will involve blue bin collections every three weeks, green bin and grey bin (paper and card) collections every three weeks; and brown bin (garden and food waste) collections every two weeks from March to October, then every four weeks in winter.

The second trial will see blue bin emptied every four weeks; green bins every two weeks; grey bins every four weeks; and brown bins every two weeks from March until October, then every four weeks in winter.

The trials will begin in August or September. If successful, the preferred option will be rolled out in the rest of Fife between 2016 and 2018.

The areas where the trials will be carried out have not yet been decided, but will be in parts of Fife with “average” recycling levels.

One of the trials will involve blue bin collections every three weeks, green bin and grey bin (paper and card) collections every three weeks; and brown bin (garden and food waste) collections every two weeks from March to October, then every four weeks in winter.

The second trial will see blue bin emptied every four weeks; green bins every two weeks; grey bins every four weeks; and brown bins every two weeks from March until October, then every four weeks in winter.

The trials will begin in August or September. If successful, the preferred option will be rolled out in the rest of Fife between 2016 and 2018.