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.”