Bin col­lec­tion set to change

Re­cy­cling waster will be dif­fer­ent

Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser - - News - Ju­dith Ton­ner

Let­ters are be­ing dis­trib­uted and in­for­ma­tion road­shows tak­ing place ahead of next month’s changes to North La­nark­shire’s bin col­lec­tions.

All Mon­k­lands house­hold­ers should re­ceive an of­fi­cial let­ter from the lo­cal au­thor­ity by to­mor­row, with a fur­ther leaflet be­ing sent in the com­ing weeks with full de­tails of the changes plus a cal­en­dar of col­lec­tion dates.

Col­lec­tions are switch­ing to a three-weekly cy­cle from Oc­to­ber 2 – with glass, metal and plas­tic be­ing newly com­bined in one bin, while res­i­dents’ other two bins will be for paper and card, and for resid­ual, non-re­cy­clable waste.

House­holds’ brown bins will now be used for both food and gar­den waste, to be col­lected fort­nightly through­out the year.

The an­nounce­ment of three-weekly col­lec­tions – agreed in June by the coun­cil’s pol­icy and re­sources com­mit­tee – rep­re­sented a con­tro­ver­sial U-turn by Labour group leader Jim Logue, who had promised ahead of the coun­cil elec­tions a month ear­lier that its im­ple­men­ta­tion “would not hap­pen”.

He said fol­low­ing the change of pol­icy: “I be­lieve we have lit­tle choice but to change our waste col­lec­tions if we are go­ing to meet the na­tional tar­gets set out in the Zero Waste plan.

“While I had a strong view about resid­ual waste bins be­ing col­lected ev­ery three weeks based on a pre­vi­ous re­port from some time ago, this re­port sets out ex­actly why that has to be done now.”

North La­nark­shire of­fi­cials said this week: “There will be changes to the types of ma­te­ri­als that can be re­cy­cled in each bin, as well as how of­ten bins are col­lected – but ev­ery house­hold will still re­ceive a weekly col­lec­tion, [on] the same col­lec­tion day ev­ery week.”

In­fra­struc­ture con­vener Michael McPake, the Glen­boig coun­cil­lor, said: “Our ser­vice will al­low res­i­dents to recycle as much of their waste as pos­si­ble, and for the coun­cil to dis­pose of it ef­fi­ciently and with min­i­mum im­pact on the en­vi­ron­ment.

“To en­sure res­i­dents know what these changes mean for them, we are pro­vid­ing clear in­for­ma­tion to all house­holds over the next few weeks and I would ask peo­ple to read the let­ter and leaflet care­fully.

“Changes to the bin ser­vice are nec­es­sary to recycle more of our do­mes­tic rub­bish and achieve na­tional re­cy­cling tar­gets, as well as sav­ing money which can be in­vested in other lo­cal ser­vices.”

An in­for­ma­tion road­show on the changes – which come into ef­fect on Oc­to­ber 2 – will take place at Chrys­ton li­brary on Tuesday, from 10am to 1pm.

Sim­i­lar events will then take place in Coat­bridge and Air­drie next Thurs­day and Fri­day – at Tesco in Coat­bridge on September 14 from 4pm to 7pm, and Mor­risons in Air­drie the fol­low­ing day, from 10am to 4pm.

Fur­ther de­tails of changes to the bin ser­vices are avail­able at www. north­la­nark­shire.gov.uk.

Col­lec­tion change Bins will be emp­tied on a three-weekly ba­sis

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