Bin collection set to change
Recycling waster will be different
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