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Brown bin collection restarts.

posted 5 Mar 2014, 14:42 by Communications TEAM
The brown bin collection restarts next week from Monday 10th March.  Residents should place their bins out next week on their normal collection day and as previously the collections will take place on a two weekly cycle.  Cardboard is no longer acceptable in brown bins and full details of what can be placed in the bins can be found at http://www.stirling.gov.uk/services/waste-and-recycling/rubbish-household-waste/household-waste-collection

A group of Community Council members were recently given a guided tour of the facility at Lower Polmaise and witnessed at first hand the processing of the waste collected in our area.  Stirling leads Scotland with 56% of waste being recycled at this most impressive complex but much more could be done.  Over 50,000 tonnes per annum are processed but around 16,000 tonnes still goes to landfill.   This costs Stirling Council around £2 million pounds annually.  Stirling Council believe up to 8,000 tonnes of this material could be recycled.  If this amount could be recycled a saving of £1 million per year could be achieved in landfill costs and a further £500,000 revenue generated from the sale of recyclable materials.  Every avenue is being explored to make the service more cost effective.  Efficiency savings have recently been introduced including a back shift which allows for better utilisation of the vehicle fleet.  Residents can also help in this area by "washing and squashing" milk bottles.  This along with flatpacking cardboard allows for increased payloads on the collection vehicles.  Stirling Council are on target to divert 2,000 tonnes of food waste a year from landfill.  This saves £160k in landfill tax alone and if the remaining food waste in the waste stream could be diverted the saving in landfill tax would be in the region of £400k.  Increased use of the food caddies can and will result in considerable financial savings to the Council and ultimately residents as tax payers.   

The message from Stirling Council is thanks for what you have helped us achieve, but please redouble your efforts to achieve further savings which can be ploughed back into other stretched Council services.
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