Tories defend decision
Conservative group leader Meghan Gallacher insists the decision to move to a threeweekly cycle for bin collection was a logical one.
Councillor Gallacher and her two Tory colleagues on the policy and resources committee, Bob Burgess and Sandy Watson, voted along with Labour to change bin collections across North Lanarkshire.
The Motherwell West councillor said: “We had taken a good look at it and we felt it was something we should adopt.
“The Scottish Government’s Zero Waste plan has to be implemented and we felt it was the right thing to do.
“There is a lot of pressure being put on to meet these targets and we have to take a logical approach to that.
“We have to find innovative ways of recycling.
“It doesn’t look good on paper but when you look at it logically it will make us more environmentally friendly.”
The new scheme will see a reduction in the number of bins collected and a change in what goes in bins.
Food and garden waste would be collected in a single bin, collected fortnightly, with other bins for paper and card, glass, metal and plastic and residual waste being collected every three weeks.
Meghan Gallacher “It doesn’t look good on paper but when you look at it logically it will make us more environmentally friendly.”