With Christmas only two weeks away, Bo’ness residents are being forced into thinking more about what they put in their recycle bins.
A proposal by the Labour-led council was discussed at the full council meeting on Wednesday, into extending the emptying of the green wheelie bin service from two to three weeks.
While Falkirk Council has some of the best recycling rates across the country, more needs to be done to meet the Scottish Government’s Zero Waste Strategy, which sets out recycling targets for local authorities.
Councillor Dr Craig R. Martin, environment spokesman, said: “We realise people might not be happy about it at first which is why we intend to initially have a pilot scheme starting next spring before rolling it out across the district.
“It’s not something we are going to rush at, but we want to get it right and take people with us.”
Dr Martin added: “By 2020 we have to recycle 60 per cent and by 2025 this will increase to 75 per cent, but by then we should only be sending five per cent of waste to landfill. This is one of the main reasons we are introducing the three-week collection.
“Nearly everyone now has five containers – green, blue and brown bins, plus a black box for recycling and food waste bin. This has significant benefits for our attempts to meet these targets but we need people to come on board.”