Tricky issue of bin pick-ups
Road end collection action call
Asking some householders to drag their bins to the end of their streets to be emptied was never going to please everyone, Stirling Council’s environment convener has admitted.
The road end collection policy sees some properties having to take their bins to collection points to avoid bin lorries tackling narrow or difficult routes.
However, it was only reintroduced at the start of the summer after previous delays sparked by concerns.
At a full meeting of Stirling Council last Thursday, environment and housing convener Councillor Jim Thomson conceded implementation was always likely to be controversial.
Trossachs Tory councillor Martin Earl had asked Councillor Thomson to halt the rollout of the new road end collections criteria and undertake a full review, including seeking views from all councillors.
He added: “Nothing has been done about the infrastructure at road ends.”
Councillor Thomson stopped short of a U-turn, however he agreed to meet with Councillor Earl outwith the meeting to discuss concerns.
Councillor Thomson added: “It was never going to be easy to introduce. I understand fully the issues in regards to road end collections, it was always going to be a controversial policy to implement.
“There was an equalities impact assessment carried out to inform members, to assist elected councillors in considering the issue as part of the 2015/16 priority based budget.
“Elected members and community councils, along with affected residents, are consulted in advance of the changes within each area as the rollout progresses.”
A meeting of the council’s environment and housing committee last month heard that so far 56 properties had been moved to 23 road end collection points.
In September 2017 council officials proposed that residents in roads with 15 properties or less would have to put their bins at the end of their street for collection.
This was on the back of a road end collections rollout agreed in 2015 but delayed until the new wider waste collection system was put in place and given a chance to bed in.
A planned rollout in the Balquhidder area had also been halted.
The council says the road end system is aimed at reducing the number of locations where waste collections are made on unsuitable roads, keeping the number of large vehicles travelling excessive distances to a minimum and establishing safe, reliable collection points.
Last year officials estimated that, of the routes likely to be affected by the change, up to 2445 properties out of 7505 would be impacted, around 79 hours would be saved by the collection service and up to 563 or the 3540 miles travelled in the affected areas saved.
This was never to going to be easy to introduce...it was always going to be a controversial policy to implement