Fife Council launches monthly landfill collection

 

 

Fife council already has above average recycling rates. Photo: dave@tayport/Flikr

Fife council already has above average recycling rates. Photo: dave@tayport/Flikr

Fife Council has launched a monthly bin collection scheme, the first of its kind, in a bid to promote the conservative use of the landfill bins.

This marks the first local authority in the UK to operate such a scheme, which will run for nine months.

The trail involves the recycling bins being emptied more often, and landfill bins less often.

Fife’s council has above average recycling rates, but it is believed that currently half of the rubbish in blue landfill bins could be recycled.

Landfill costs stand at £10m a year for the local authority, and that if the arrangement is successful, the new timetable could save £900,000 each year from 2021 onwards compared to its current incarnation.

The pilot scheme will see 2,000 houses have waste collected every four weeks, with another 2,000 having general rubbish picked up every three weeks.

The affected towns include Glenrothes, Markinch, Coaltown of Balgonie and Thornton and Stenton.

For those households producing medical waste, with children in nappies, or larger families, will be able to request bigger blue bins.

Ken Gourlay, Fife Council’s transportation and environment head of assets, said:

“This is a pilot to get more information so that we can meet the needs of local people, develop a cleaner, greener Fife as well as reduce our waste disposal costs.

“If we fail to increase recycling rates in Fife, then we are throwing money away.”

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