No wasted effort

Bo'ness bins will be collected every four weeks
Bo'ness bins will be collected every four weeks

Financial pressures have forced Falkirk Council to make changes to its recycling and waste collection service.

However, the local authority hopes the move to monthly green bin uplifts could be the catalyst that inspires Bo’ness residents not using the complete collection service – blue recycling bin, food bin and the rest – to now fully engage with the system.

The council will start sending out information letters to homes throughout the district from Monday.

Waste strategy co-ordinator Robin Baird said: “The letter lets people prepare for this – it gives them six weeks to get ready for the change. The letter is like a countdown and this is a chance to start using the full service.”

According to officials, the stark truth is, with the council having to find £25 million of savings in 2016/17, there is no alternative.

Mr Baird said: “We desperately need the public to come on board with us. It costs us £10,000 a day to send household green bin material to landfill and the more money we throw in the ground the less money we have to allocate to different services.”

From October the recycling and waste service will look like this: green bins (every four weeks), grey food bins (every week), blue bin, black box and textile bag (every two weeks) and brown bin (every four weeks).

A new fortnightly collection service for nappies and adult hygiene products (AHP) is also now available.

Visit www.falkirk.gov.uk/ahpcollection for more.