MASSIVE changes to the way household waste is collected in East Dunbartonshire kicks in this week.
New recycling bins, caddies and information leaflets should be distributed to all residents’ by the end of the week – with the new, greener collections due to start on Monday this week.
Food waste – placed in a new vermin-proof outdoor caddy – will now be collected every week on the same day that residents’ general waste and recycling is collected.
Monday also signalled the start of 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 so far.
He said: “Over recent months our campaign team has worked hard to raise awareness of the changes to household waste and recycling collections.
“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 was 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 go to the council’s website at www.eastdunbarton.gov.uk or contact customer services on 0300 123 4510.
A number of roadshows are being held to explain the changes - there will be one from midday to 6pm at Asda Bearsden on Saturday, May 25, Asda Bishopbriggs from midday to 6pm on Sunday, May 19, and Kirkintilloch Community Hub from 10am to 4pm on Thursday, May 23.
North Lanarkshire Council has been operating a weekly, separate food waste recycling service in the Northern Corridor and Cumbernauld since last November.
One 38-year-old dad-of-two said: “It’s been great to be honest. The kids love helping out with it.”