A petition calling on Fife Council to scrap household waste collection trials – which involve blue landfill bins being emptied less frequently – has attracted over 1600 signatures in just two days.
The petition, on the change.org website, is in response to a decision taken earlier this week by councillors to approve two trials of new refuse collection arrangements.
The worry of attracting vermin by having landfill waste lying for four weeks is a very real possibilityPetition on change.org
The Council says the trial collections are being introduced in a bid to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill.
But the petition claims that having landfill waste lying in bins for up to four weeks will pose a health risk.
The petition states: “Scrimping on refuse collections isn’t acceptable.
“We have adjusted to using smaller landfill bins, to landfill refuse being collected fortnightly and to the four-bin system and problems with the current system already exist – such as using the landfill (blue) bin when the green and grey bins are filled a week prior to collection and having little to no access to recycling points.
“The worry of attracting vermin by having landfill waste lying for up to four weeks is a very real possibility, as Rentokil have also warned, and pose risks to health.
“Many households also stress the waiting times to be assessed and/or receive larger landfill bins already stretch as far as up to six months.
“The amount of concerns that have been noted already are staggering but make sure those concerns are being heard. Whether you’re concerned about potential health risks or simply want to receive a fair service from the council tax you pay – tell them!
“There may well be a need to find solutions to meet EU waste regulations but this is RUBBISH!”
The new trial collection arrangements, which will affect 4000 households in Fife, are due to begin in August or September, and will last for one year.
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 decreasing to every three weeks from the current two weeks, green bin and grey bin (paper and card) collections increasing to every three weeks from every four weeks; and brown bin (garden and food waste) collections every two weeks from March to October, then every four weeks during winter from November to February.
The second trial will see blue bin collections decrease to every four weeks; green bin collections increase to every two weeks; grey bin collections stay at every four weeks; and brown bin collections every two weeks from March until October, then every four weeks from November to February.
If the trials are successful, the preferred option will be rolled out throughout Fife between 2016 and 2018.