Four-bin collections to be rolled out in Kirkcaldy

KIRKCALDY;'Council refuse men empty rubbish bins at night.'Photo ; WALTER NEILSON
KIRKCALDY;'Council refuse men empty rubbish bins at night.'Photo ; WALTER NEILSON

Around 20,000 householders in Kirkcaldy and surrounding areas will receive the new four-bin waste collection service when it’s rolled out from March.

The service, which features colour-coded bins for a range of household and garden waste, is to help Fife Council meet the Scottish Government’s targets for landfill.



The local authority hopes that by bringing in the system across Fife it will net an estimated cash saving of £1.1 million per year from 2015.

Most households currently on the three bin service will transfer over to the new four-bin system and areas to be included in the rollout include Auchtertool, Chapel, Dunnikier, Dysart, Gallatown, Port Brae, Pathhead, Smeaton and Sinclairtown.

Central parts of Kirkcaldy will not be using the new system just yet as officers are considering the best way to service the large number of flats in the area.

The four-bin system has already been introduced in Glenrothes, Levenmouth, north-east and west Fife.

In a report which went before last Wednesday’s Kirkcaldy area committee, Chris Ewing, senior manager with the Council’s asset, facilities and management services said: “It was established that 90 per cent of households who benefited from the highest performing service were satisfied or very satisfied with it.

“The implementation of the new service will be accompanied by a comprehensive awareness raising public engagement strategy that will include visits to community councils, information evenings, visits to supermarkets, schools and direct mailings to householders.

‘‘It will include the provision of detailed information packs about the new service and how to use it.”

Councillor Neil Crooks, committee chairman, said: “The four bin system has been operating in other parts of Fife for some time and is helping to increase recycling at home and reduce waste going to landfill.

“Fife has made significant progress in recycling over the past 10 years thanks to the support of our customers. Kirkcaldy area is next and there will be significant communication to all households about the new system prior to going live.

“The staff dealing with this roll out are very experienced and as one of the last areas to undergo change, we should benefit from lessons learned elsewhere.” He added: “If there are teething problems there will be a hotline to call and I expect our staff to deal efficiently and sympathetically with those seeking help.”