Changes to waste collections in East Dunbartonshire from next April

FOOD waste is going to be collected separately from people’s homes in East Dunbartonshire from April next year.

The council recently agreed to change the way it collects waste throughout the area in order to meet the Scottish Government’s Zero Waste Scotland Regulations.

This requires councils to have plans in place to remove food from household residual waste from 2013 and to have a full food waste collection regime in place no later than 2015.

From April 2013 food waste will be collected from properties in East Dunbartonshire every week and there will be alternate weekly collections of recycling and residual waste (what’s left over after recycling and food is removed).

Council leader Rhondda Geekie said: “It makes sense to review how all waste and recycling is collected from our households, and we have cross party support for these changes.

“Our new arrangements will meet national and European requirements, but in making the changes we have also listened to residents. We know that the recycling boxes are unpopular and we are replacing these with bins.

“We are ensuring that there will always be a weekly collection from properties of food waste, which was a previously raised concern, and in addition to this, residual waste and recycling will be collected on alternate weeks.”

A comprehensive communications plan will be put in place before the changes are implemented in April 2013. This will include information leaflets to households advising them of the new bins and what should be included in each of them, calendars indicating which days and weeks each bin will be emptied, and information roadshows in the new year to give people the opportunity to ask questions about the changes and to let them see what the new bins and food waste caddies will look like.

Councillor Geekie added: “Residents have done well to achieve current recycling rates of over 40 per cent.

“We have worked hard to meet our recycling targets and to reduce how much we send to landfill in recent years, but the targets are becoming more challenging.

“Removing food waste from what we send to landfill will ensure that we continue to reach our landfill reduction targets and our new arrangements will also help us to achieve our next challenging recycling target of 50 per cent by 2013.”