Council move to seven day bin collection

Councillor Helen McKenna and Kenneth Wilson, Head of Land Services
Councillor Helen McKenna and Kenneth Wilson, Head of Land Services

A new seven day collection of waste from household bins is to be introduced by North Lanarkshire Council from next month.

The operational change is being brought in by the council in a bid to make the service it provides more efficient.

Around 90 per cent of households will see their waste bins collected on a different day and details of the new collection days will be provided to them in advance.

Environmental services committee convener Councillor Helen McKenna explained: “By moving to a seven-day operation, we can deliver our waste management service using fewer vehicles, which reduces our costs and helps us achieve the necessary savings.”

The council has also made some change to the materials that can be placed in blue recycling bins and an information pack is being delivered to all households.

Items which should not be put in the blue bins include textiles, plastic bags, glass and food.

Councillor McKenna continued; “Thanks to the efforts of residents, we are recycling 43 per cent of all household waste. To reach the next Scottish Government target of 50 per cent, we need to build on our current levels.

“If the wrong materials are placed in the blue bins, the waste may not be recycled and has to go to landfill. As a result, residents’ efforts to recycle are wasted and the council is taxed on the amount of waste it sends to landfill.”