Fife’s Four-Weekly Waste Collection Trials “Going Well”

Fife-CouncilFife Council has announced that trials of four-weekly and three-weekly residual waste collections have been doing “very well” and that the trials are improving recycling rates in the area. 

Since September 2015 residents in Markinch and Coaltown of Balgonie’s have had their residual waste collected every three weeks, and Thornton and Stenton every four weeks.

Fife Council’s arms-length company, Resource Efficient Solutions LLP (RES) run and monitors the trials.

“These results show how much waste was going in the blue bins that can be recycled and, by providing more space for recycling, we have managed to reduce landfill waste. In the trial areas there have been very few problems with waste going in the wrong bins, and no increase in flytipping in these areas”

Whilst it says it is too early to give final results, the amount of waste collected in residual waste containers is down in both trial areas, with a greater reduction in the Thornton/Stenton area.

The amount of cans/plastics and paper/cardboard collected has increased in both areas. This is currently higher in the Thornton/ Stenton area.

Councillor John Wincott, Sustainability Champion said: “Residents in both trial areas have been doing very well.

“These results show how much waste was going in the blue bins that can be recycled and, by providing more space for recycling, we have managed to reduce landfill waste. In the trial areas there have been very few problems with waste going in the wrong bins, and no increase in flytipping in these areas.

“People may have seen Recycling Advisors in the trial areas; they’ve been busy visiting householders and attending events in these locations to help people to adapt.”

RES is continuing to monitor the trials, looking at what waste is in bins and participation in recycling to see if the expected benefits of the trials are being realised.

During the spring, the council find out what residents think of the trials by conducting a door step and online survey.

Cllr Wincott concluded: “Later this year, once the monitoring of the trial is complete, a report will be sent to the Council’s Executive Committee. Councillors will then decide if either trial will be rolled out across Fife.”

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