Playhouse rat is no fun says parent

Kids playhouse similar to the one where the dead rat was located
Kids playhouse similar to the one where the dead rat was located

A Bo’ness woman got a nasty surprise after finding a dead rat in her garden and she claimed Falkirk Council’s new bin collection schedule is to blame.

Joanne Weir, who lives in Farmstead Way, found the rat beside her two-year-old daughter’s playhouse.

She claims to have seen six rats in the area in the space of a month including two that were eating from a food waste bin on Grahamsdyke Road.

She said: “I’ve lived in Bo’ness for six years and had never seen a rat - now I’ve seen six in the space of a month. It’s disgusting.

“Collecting the green bin every three weeks isn’t working. I’ve got a toddler so obviously we’re going through nappies. I’ve complained to the council several times and they’ve done nothing”.

The green wheelie bin for non-recyclable waste was originally collected every two weeks.

Falkirk Council changed the uplift to every three weeks earlier this year in a bid to encourage recycling and reduce landfill.

Each year, Falkirk Council pays over £1.4 million in landfill tax to dispose of nearly 18,000 tonnes of recyclable material.

However, in its efforts to reduce waste, the council is estimated to have saved £400,000 in fees.

A council spokesman said: “We have no record to show that Ms Weir has requested a waste audit to allow her to apply for a larger bin.

‘‘We are happy to visit Ms Weir and provide a waste diary in order for her to apply for a larger bin. The only criteria we use for a larger residual bin is that you are fully using the recycling services we provide.”