Fifers should check online bin calendars for latest changes

All blue, brown and green bins across Fife are still being collected by Fife Council.

Saturday, 4th April 2020, 1:44 pm
Updated Saturday, 4th April 2020, 2:53 pm

However, in a bid to help manage resources, some people in east and west Fife will have their green bin (plastics and cans) collected on a different week.

As a result, everyone is being asked to check their bin calendar online at www.fife.gov.uk/bincalendar on Sunday to make sure the green bin is out on the right week.

The changes will not affect everyone.

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Fife Council is updating bin calendars this weekend

Like other frontline essential service workers across the country, the Kingdom's bin men are working in challenging circumstances.

A statement from Fife Council said: “We know that many people are struggling with all the changes that we are having to make to our lifestyles.

“We are trying our best to deliver the best service we can.

“If your bin is out for collection, and it’s not been collected by the evening of Friday, April 3, please bring it back in until the next scheduled collection.

“Brown bins (garden and food waste) continue to be collected every four weeks.

“If you have any concerns about excess food waste, please place this in your blue landfill bin.“We’ve temporarily stopped collections of grey (paper/cardboard recycling) bins.

“We’re reviewing this and will re-instate as soon as we can.”

The changes are being made by the council because its staff are either self-isolating or unwell, and the public are asked to be patient with their bin men as they are trying to provide the best service they can.

People are asked not to put their grey paper bin out as they are not being emptied at present.

They are advised to wash and squash plastics and cans, especially plastic juice and milk bottles, then put the lid back on to keep air out; flatten drinks and food cartons, like UHT milk and fruit juice cartons; fold cardboard flat and store in a car, attic, under a bed, in a shed or garage; put excess paper and cardboard into the blue bin.

The council statement added: “Take excess recycling to a smaller, nearby recycling point that you can walk to – only when you take your daily exercise.

“It really helps is us if you only put out bins for collection that need emptied (or are more than half full).

“Our recycling centres remain closed, in line with government restrictions.

“If you have items you would normally dispose of at recycling centres, please store these securely until services resume.“We know that these are extremely challenging times for many of you.

“Please look out for your neighbours and check that they can put their bins out on the right day.”

Calendars will be updated here by Sunday, April 5.