Stirling Council Media Release – Waste Transformation Projects approved

Stirling Council Media Release – Waste Transformation Projects approved

A package of transformational changes to waste collection services across the Stirling Council area were approved at a meeting of Stirling Council today (30 June).

With the ongoing Climate Emergency firmly at the top of the Council’s agenda, Councillors gave their backing to a suite of plans that will encourage a shift in culture to increase recycling, and bring a reduction in residential waste going to landfill.

Included in the measures which will have a phased introduction in the next two years are:

  • A new four-weekly collection model for the grey (general waste) and blue (plastics, cans and cartons) bins, coming into effect by July 2021
  • Roll out of new ‘comb lift’ bins to replace existing ‘diamond lift’ stock, starting February 2021
  • Introduction of an opt-in garden waste collection permit (£35 per-year, per bin) by April 2021
  • Combination of glass collection into blue bins alongside plastic, cans and cartons when the National Deposit Return Scheme arrives in July 2022.

Members approved the changes by 12 votes to 10, which aim to deliver a ‘Best in Class’ Waste Collection Service for the communities and residents of Stirling Council.

Crucial to the roll out of the changes will be communication and engagement that will take place with residents across the Stirling Council area in the coming months.

Residents will have the opportunity to raise any exceptional circumstances, such as households with large families or those with medical conditions.

In addition to the above, Councillors also agreed that continued work will be undertaken with the purpose of educating the general public through awareness campaigns, as well as ensuring a robust approach to enforcement and compliance with current and future service provision, including deployment of mobile CCTV if necessary to tackle fly tipping.

Convener of Environment and Housing, Cllr Jim Thomson, said: “The changes coming into play next year will be a considerable shift for our residents, and we accept that, but they are being made with the aim of changing the culture of waste disposal across the area.

“No culture change comes easily, so we pledge to take our residents with us, explain why we’re putting these changes in place and help people understand the benefits in the long term.”

Vice convener, Cllr Danny Gibson, said: “If we are serious about protecting the environment then these are the types of tough but necessary decisions we have to take.

“It’s also no secret that there have been issues with the diamond bins being swallowed by lorries, delays in replacements, and a consistent budgetary over-spend in the service in recent years.

“However, everything we have approved today is specifically tailored to address all these points, by improving route completion, bringing improvements to the environment and mitigating the significant overspend pressures currently being experienced by Waste Services.

“Ultimately these changes will help us all put less waste in the ground and run a smoother, more efficient and cost-effective waste collection service, which is better for everyone in the Council area.”

Small Business Grant Scheme – Deadline Approaching Fast

Deadline for Applications Friday 10th July 2020

Properties occupied by charities can now apply for the £10,000 Small Business Grant Scheme to help with pressures caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

The extension of the scheme is expected to result in up to £31 million being made available to more than 3,000 small properties occupied by charities – including day centres, workshops and halls. It will apply to properties which are in receipt of any charitable rate relief or sports relief, but are otherwise eligible for the small business bonus scheme.

For further details and application form see below

https://www.stirling.gov.uk/housing-council-tax/council-tax/council-tax-forms/coronavirus-business-support-fund-application-form/

We would be obliged if you would let us know if you have had a successful application.

Hoping this is of assistance

WALLACE HIGH SCHOOL – UNIFORM RECYCLING BANK

WALLACE HIGH SCHOOL – UNIFORM RECYCLING BANK

The Wallace High School PTN now have systems in place to recycle uniform items and are reopening the Uniform Bank. We accept all gently used uniform items, school sports wear and any school suitable shoes in good clean condition.

TO DONATE: please place washed items in a carrier bag and seal.  These can be left at the following donation points either on the doorstep or in collection bin at :

1. 14 Queenshaugh Drive, Riverside , FK8 1XJ
2. 14 Craiglea, Causewayhead
3. 44 Strathallan Road, Bridge of Allan

OR BY COLLECTION: message the PTN Facebook page or contact Kate on 07895 024065 

PLEASE DONATE WE EXPECT A LARGE DEMAND! 

TO ORDER: 
Please message the PTN Facebook page or Kate on 07895024065 with your requirements. 
It would be helpful to include  estimated sizes (blazers come in inch measured chest sizes, boys or girls fastening and junior or senior school) 
Items can be delivered in sealed bags to your home or collected from 14 Queenshaugh Drive, Riverside.

A donation of thanks is optional and a slip with PTN bank details will be sent with uniforms …. times are tough for lots of folk though, so only give what you can, if you can and when you can.
Thanks to all parents who have already donated items and ordered.
WHS Uniform Bank ….supporting the school community and making the world a greener, better place 😊

Changes to Waste Bin Collections

Changes to Waste Bin Collections

We’ve been furnished with a report detailing suggested changes to the waste & recycling collections throughout the Stirling Area. The bullet points are as follows but there is more detail in the attached report on the thinking behind the proposals. The Council are looking to be discussing this soon so any feedback or comments you have should be shared with Stirling Council directly to communityengagement@stirling.gov.uk

  1. Grey and blue bins to go to four weekly collections 
  2. Brown bin to stay two weekly free for food waste, £35 annual charge for garden waste 
  3. Green to stay four weekly 
  4. Glass collection to end in 2022 and then glass can be put into blue bin.

The full report is attached below

waste report

Stroke Insight Survey – Covid 19

Stroke Insight Survey – Covid 19

Shared on behalf of Stroke Association

Good morning

We have launched an online survey for those affected by stroke, to understand how the coronavirus pandemic is impacting their lives, and recoveries from stroke.

We’d be very grateful if you could promote and share the survey widely amongst your networks, so that we can reach as many people affected by stroke as possible. 

https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/StrokeandCovid19inScotland/ 

We aim to understand the additional challenges facing stroke survivors, and how the Government and stroke support services should respond. This will help to build a clear picture of the impact of coronavirus on people affected by stroke across the UK.

The survey is being disseminated widely across the stroke community, to ensure we can gather as much information as possible. We’d be very grateful if you could share it as widely as possible amongst your networks, colleagues, supporters and social media audiences.  I’d be delighted if you could ‘retweet’ our post on Twitter. 

We will be happy to share the findings and report with you over the summer. 

Please let me know if you have any questions.  

Thanks, and best wishes

Andrea

 Andrea Cail  Director Scotland
Telephone 0131 555 7250   Mobile 0771 232 7952
stroke.org.uk