Villagers urged to unite over waste problems
Callander Community Council called on rural communities to get together to pressure Stirling Council into a review of its waste collection system.
Members have received complaints from disgruntled residents over the decision to have their bins emptied on a Saturday.
Chairman Richard Johnson said: “The system in Callander was initially chaotic, with bins not being collected on the right day, so a multi-coloured array of bins were left along most roads for days.
“But there were immediate concerns about a Saturday collection day, one of our busiest days of the week for visitors coming to the area to enjoy the countryside. of council tax but for what.
“There is no way people can let a month’s worth of glass pile up so some will end up hunting for a recycling point and there will be even less for the council to collect, at which point it will no doubt stop it altogether.”
Sheena Makgill-Crichton of Port of Menteith described the change as “scandalous”.
“At no point has there ever been any consultation about this within our community,” she said.
“We should have had our glass taken last weekend but it has not been collected. We now discover that whoever is in control of this
“It soon became apparent that other communities in the area felt the same so we asked for a review but were asked to wait for six months until the system had settled down.
“Having now gone through the summer season with Saturday bin collections, there has been an improvement and bins are emptied on time most weekends.
“But we still have the Saturday collection and no sign of a review.
“This week we were told of a change, with the blue box for glass only being collected every four weeks. A notice came to the community council, saying this change was made following community consultation.
“Who was consulted and when and why was the blue box collection changed and collection decided at the end of Friday to announce that they were reducing the collection to once a month as opposed to twice a month.
“It is completely out of order. To say there has been consultation is untrue.
“Those of us who live in rural areas have quite some distance to go before we can find a glass recycling depository, usually open at rather inconvenient hours.
“It is completely unreasonable of the waste management services to withdraw this service to once a month.”
Councillor Gibson said: “I not one of the other bins? I have asked the question directly to Stirling Council with no response.
“The note also said that a leaflet would be distributed to all households with a new timetable of bin collections for the next 12 months. Where is that leaflet?”
He wants all community councils in the rural areas to meet to discuss the waste disposal problems, share experiences and make recommendations for future bin collections.
Stirling Council’s environment and housing convener Jim Thomson said it was agreed at the council meeting on June 22 that a review of the service would be delegated to the environment and housing committee.
“That committee met on September 14 and discussed a range of issues, including a review of feedback from members of the public,” he said.
“The committee was made aware of the request by Callander Community Council to reconsider Saturday collections.
“The decision of the committee was to note the further work being undertaken by the service to complete the alternative delivery model rollout but also to set up an informal working group with members and the waste service.
“I am committed to working with the staff and customers to provide the best service possible. We have a dedicated team who provide this essential service and I know how much they care about it.”