How we broke the news…

Wishaw Press - - FRONT PAGE - Ross Thom­son

The Wishaw Press first broke the story about the gen­eral waste bins be­ing col­lected ev­ery three weeks back in March.

Shotts com­mu­nity coun­cil­lors de­bated the pro­pos­als and feared that bins not be­ing emp­tied for three weeks could lead to more fly tip­ping in the area.

Harry Mor­gan, from the coun­cil’s waste man­age­ment ser­vice, said the move was to en­cour­age more recycling across North La­nark­shire.

Speak­ing in March to mem­bers of the com­mu­nity coun­cil, Mr Mor­gan said:“Ev­ery­thing in the grey bin is cost­ing us a for­tune.

“Coun­cils across the UK have three-weekly col­lec­tions.

“We need to force rub­bish out of the grey bin and into the blue bin.

“We get about one quar­ter to a third out of recycling ma­te­rial and we need to change that.”

A coun­cil spokesman said:“De­tails of the changes will be dis­trib­uted to all house­holds in the sum­mer.

“If house­holds use the recycling bins fully, we are con­fi­dent the new ser­vice will of­fer suf­fi­cient ca­pac­ity and it will con­trib­ute to achiev­ing na­tional tar­gets for recycling.”

How­ever, the pro­posed changes were im­me­di­ately de­nied by coun­cil leader Jim Logue who in­sisted be­fore the elec­tion that if Labour re­turned to power there would be no changes to the bin cy­cles.

Coun­cil­lor Logue said:“There has never been a pro­posal to change waste man­age­ment cy­cles and, as such, any sug­ges­tion that col­lec­tions are due to change to three-weekly are in­cor­rect.

“This is not hap­pen­ing, full stop. If re-elected, Labour will make sure bins are col­lected on the same cy­cles as they are at present.”

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