Vil­lagers urged to unite over waste prob­lems

Stirling Observer - - FRONT PAGE - Chris Marzella

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.”

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