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Household waste collection improvements proposed

This article was first published on: 18 February 2016

Proposals to improve the way household waste is collected and enhance East Renfrewshire Council's (ERC) recycling performance were presented to councillors on 18 February 2016.

This is an archived announcement article. Latest details are at: Your four bin service.

The proposals, which are subject to capital funding being approved when the council sets its budget next month, will lay the foundation for ERC to meet the new national Charter for Household Recycling.

The changes have also been developed in direct response to feedback from residents about difficulties with the current bag and box service.

During periods of stormy weather residents have frequently contacted the council to highlight that bags and boxes are not suitable for extreme weather conditions, as they blow away from their properties.

Under the proposals, households across the local authority area will receive two new bins, one for paper, cardboard and cartons and the second for plastics, glass and cans.

Residents will be able to recycle more waste at home than ever before, thanks to the bins' much greater capacity than the bags and boxes previously provided.

Kerbside cardboard and carton recycling is also being introduced as part of the proposals, to help make it as easy as possible for people to recycle without having to visit local facilities.

The proposals will also help the council to ensure it is providing as efficient a service as possible, with a direct impact of an increase in the amount of recycling locally being a reduction in the total landfill tax paid by the organisation.

A change in the frequency of local bin collection is another aspect of the proposals, which will put East Renfrewshire in line with the services provided by some other councils across Scotland.

It is proposed that each bin will be collected once every three weeks, apart from brown bins for food and garden waste which will remain a weekly collection.

As it will be easier for people to recycle much more of their household waste, there will be a reduction in the amount of rubbish disposed of in grey bins, meaning they will need to be collected less often.

"The proposals that have been approved today will see a big improvement in the way East Renfrewshire Council provides waste and recycling services across the local area. They will make it as easy as possible for people to do their bit by being green and recycling to help protect our local environment, so we can all ensure East Renfrewshire continues to be a beautiful place for people to live, work and visit. More information will be provided to local residents in relation to the proposals following the budget strategy announcement in March. 
Providing local residents with new bins also follows the council's commitment to working towards the Charter for Household Recycling, a key output from the joint Scottish Government/COSLA Zero Waste Taskforce." - Councillor Vincent Waters, Convenor for Environment.

Should capital funding be approved for new bins in the council's budget strategy announcement next month, a public engagement process would then begin with roadshows held across East Renfrewshire to explain in greater detail what the changes mean for households.

We will also be consulting with those households where there is no direct kerbside or where there are storage issues to develop alternative solutions for these properties.


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