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Council’s full household waste and recycling collection to resume

Thursday 21 May 2020
Stirling Council will resume its full household waste and recycling collection service on Monday, 1 June.
Waste Update - resumption of full service

From this date (1 June), residents should refer to their waste collection calendar which was posted to homes earlier this year. You can also download the calendar on the Stirling Council website.

There will be a grey bin collection during 25-31 May on normal collection days, before full household waste and recycling collections recommence the following week. In the first week of normal collections, brown bins and green bins will be collected.

Priority-based collection arrangements have been in operation since March 30, due to Government COVID-19 restrictions and staffing pressures within the local authority’s Waste Service.

The Council is now in a position to reinstate a full service after training staff from other services to support existing waste crews.

Stirling Council would like to thank residents again for their support during this time and also to commend the commitment and hard work of our waste teams for maintaining a kerbside collection service in extremely challenging circumstances.

Delighted we are now in this position

Convener of Stirling Council’s Environment and Housing Committee, Cllr Jim Thomson said: “Faced with the unprecedented challenges of the Coronavirus pandemic, we had to make necessary changes to maintain a priority household collection service.

“We recognise this caused an inconvenience for our residents and I would like to thank them for their patience, resilience and understanding during this time.

“We kept the public updated at regular intervals and assured them that we would reintroduce a full collection service, including brown bin and glass box collections, as soon as possible.

“I am delighted we are now in this position to make this announcement, which has only been possible due to a huge effort from our waste teams and the support of other services.”

Grateful to the public

Vice Convener of the Committee, Cllr Danny Gibson said: “We know the importance of our household waste collections to residents and have been working hard to get a full collection service back up and running again, despite the continued resource challenges.

“It has been a significant undertaking to reinstate our collection service, and I know this news will be welcomed by residents.  

“We are extremely grateful to the public for bearing with us and the co-operation and support they have shown to our waste staff – without this we wouldn’t have been able to continue our kerbside collections in the initial wave of the pandemic.

“Our dedicated bin crews also deserve enormous credit for keeping the service going in such challenging conditions. Like all our Council frontline workers during this crisis they have risen to the challenge and proved to be Stirling Heroes.”

Given the suspension of brown bin collections, we understand that residents may have a large volume of excess food and garden waste.

For the first round of brown bin collections (W/C June 1), we would ask that residents make every attempt not to overload their bins as this will prevent them being lifted by our operatives.

We would also remind residents that soil or rubble should not be put in brown bins.

Additional waste left next to bins will still not be collected for health and safety reasons. Please see our FAQs below for more details.

Household Waste and Recycling Centres

Household waste and recycling centres (tips) at Polmaise and Callander will open to residents on Monday, 1 June.

For full information, read our news story, or visit www.stirling.gov.uk/tips

Other Waste Services

The Special Uplift service remains unavailable, while the Polmaise Depot Weighbridge Service remains closed to commercial customers until further notice.

Commercial customers involved in critical supply chain delivery (as outlined by Government announcements) requiring disposal services during this period, should contact the Council’s Customer Service Centre on 01786 404040.

COVID-19 – Safe Waste Presentation Procedures

Any individuals asked to self-isolate, either as a precaution or because they are confirmed to have Coronavirus (COVID-19), should follow this advice to dispose of their household waste to ensure the virus is not spread via personal waste:

Individuals should place all personal waste such as used tissues and disposable cleaning cloths, securely in a plastic bag or bin liner. This plastic bag should then be placed in another plastic bag and securely tied

These bags must be stored separately to other waste for at least 72 hours before being placed in your grey bin.

FAQs

Can I leave extra waste alongside my bin for collection?

Please note that additional waste left next to your bin will not be collected. This is protect the health and safety of our operatives who are working in very challenging conditions during the current pandemic.

Latest research indicates the COVID-19 virus could survive on certain materials for up to 72 hours. For this reason, and to minimise the risk of infection to our operatives, we are asking residents not to present side waste.

I have extra waste, how should I store it?

We suggest that householders can store, where space permits, bagged dry recycling (plastics/cans/cartons; glass bottles/jars) for services that have been temporarily reduced.

Grey bin space can be prioritised for food waste, nappies and garden waste that cannot be home composted.

For households with gardens, full brown bins should be stored in the coolest area of the garden. If garden clippings are being stored in a corner of the garden, these should be periodically turned to provide air and this part of the garden should be kept out of reach of pets (as this material naturally composts down and should not be consumed).

If you are interested in home composting, you can find more information on the Stirling Council website via the following link: https://www.stirling.gov.uk/bins-waste-recycling/home-composting/

More information:

To confirm what to put in your bins, check our website here: https://my.stirling.gov.uk/bins-waste-recycling/what-to-put-in-your-bins

The NHS Inform website is producing regularly updated guidance on COVID-19 and we would recommend this as the best resource for the latest information and advice.

Residents in need of care, essential supplies or support can contact 01786 404040 and have their requirements formally recorded by Stirling Council’s community response teams. You can also fill in our Support for People online form.