Fife is set to be the first UK council to begin trials that will see 2000 residents’ residual waste collected once every four weeks.
Announced in June this year, the council trials will also see residents’ residual waste collected every three weeks and also two weeks in different parts of the area.
The trials are the result of the council’s efforts to meet the Government’s target of recycling 60% of waste by 2020 and will last around nine months. The council achieved a 54% recycling rate in 2013.
“This is a pilot to get more information so that we can meet the needs of local people, develop a cleaner, greener Fife as well as reduce our waste disposal costs”
Residents can request larger residual containers if they produce medical waste, have children in nappies or larger families.
Ken Gourlay, Fife Council’s transportation and environment head of assets, said: “People across Fife have been telling us they want plastics and cans collected more often, so our trials are responding to this.
“In a doorstep survey we found over 66% of green bins were full or overly full at collection time.
“So, on one trial route we’ll empty them every three weeks, and on the other route we’ll empty them fortnightly.
“This is a pilot to get more information so that we can meet the needs of local people, develop a cleaner, greener Fife as well as reduce our waste disposal costs.
“If we fail to increase recycling rates in Fife, then we are throwing money away.”