Major bin collection changes start to kick in

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CHANGES to the way residents in Milngavie and Bearsden deal with their household waste are just days away.

New recycling bins, caddies and information leaflets are being distributed to the final residents this week - with the new, greener collections starting on Monday (May 6).

Food waste, place in the new vermin-proof caddies, will now be collected every week on the same day that residents general waste and recycling is collected.

Monday is also the start of the alternate weekly collections for recycling and general waste.

Councillor Alan Moir, the council’s convener of development and infrastructure, said he was pleased with how smoothly the transition had gone thusfar.

He said: “Over recent months our campaign team has worked hard to raise awareness of the changes to household waste and recycling collections that come into effect next month.

“Thanks to their efforts, the feedback from local people on the new service has been positive.

“By now, residents should already have received their new recycling wheelie bins, a comprehensive information booklet and a calendar identifying which week their recycling will be collected and which week their general waste will be collected.

“The delivery of the food waste caddies is the final step before the service changes begin.”

He added: “The changes we are introducing to waste and recycling collections will help the Council to meet the challenging national and European targets for waste reduction and recycling.

“If everyone participates, and tries to recycle as much as they can, we will be able to achieve our recycling target of 50 per cent by 2013 and 60 per cent by 2020.”

For more information about the changes go to the council’s website at www.eastdunbarton.gov.uk, contact customer services on 0300 123 4510.

A number of roadshows are also being held to talk people through the changes. The next roadshows will be at Tesco Milngavie on Sunday, May 5 from 10am till 4pm and Asda Bearsden on Saturday, May 25 from noon till 6pm.