From 20 September 2021, Stirling Council will move to a four-weekly collection of your grey and blue bins.

This change will encourage better recycling, help us send less waste to landfills, and deliver a more efficient waste collection service.

Approved in June 2020, the four-weekly collection cycle aligns the Council with the Charter for Household Recycling and associated Code of Practice in Scotland which encourages better recycling through a number of means, including a reduction in the collection frequency of general waste.

Households across Stirling received a leaflet and letter in July explaining the changes, what additional support there will be for families and to provide tips on recycling.

At the same time, we launched a campaign ‘Recycle 4 Stirling’ to support residents in making this necessary shift in habit of waste disposal.

In early September, residents will receive their new collections calendar. Your collection day may change so please have a look at the calendar and keep it handy.

More details on the move to a four-weekly collection of grey and blue bins, and a form where you can provide feedback to our Waste Service, can also be found in our list of FAQs below.

You will receive your new collection calendar in early September, with the new schedule starting the week commencing Monday, 20 September.

Please continue to use your current collections calendar until this date.

Your grey bin (landfill waste) and blue bin (cans & plastics) will be emptied every 4 weeks from Monday 20 September.

The day your bin is collected may change for some residents.

There are two main reasons why we need to recycle more: finances and the environment.

Councils in Scotland pay £96.70 in tax for every tonne of household waste sent to landfills.
In 2019, we sent over 19,000 tonnes of household general waste to landfills, costing Stirling Council almost £2million.

Landfill tax is something we can’t avoid but we can reduce that cost by helping you recycle more.

Recycling is much cheaper than landfills but over half of what is currently put into grey bins by the average household is actually recyclable.

Putting your waste in the correct bin could save £1million of taxpayer money every year.

Sending waste to landfills is damaging for the environment:

·       When waste is processed for landfill, gases are produced.

·       As it rots in the ground, even more, harmful substances are emitted.

·       This combination of CO2 and Methane contributes to global warming –
        an issue that affects us all.

·       By simply recycling a bit more at home, we can protect the planet and our local
        environment by putting less waste into the ground.

The changes we are making will help reduce the volume and types of waste we send to landfills and increase the amount we recycle. This will help us meet the national target of recycling 70% of all waste by 2025.

 

Stirling’s Councillors approved this decision on 30 June 2020 as part of a package of transformational changes to the Council’s Waste Service.

We will be engaging with communities and residents as we make this necessary change to meet the national target of recycling 70% of all waste by 2025.

We know change is always challenging and we will support you as we make this shift in the culture of waste disposal.

Council Tax raised contributes directly to the delivery of local public services provided by each Council and is spent in the district in which it is raised.

It is not a service charge specifically related to any type or frequency of collection.

All statutory household waste and recycling, including food waste, will still be collected from every resident in Stirling free of charge under this new model.

At the moment, in a typical grey bin (general waste), 57% of items should actually be placed in recycling bins at your home. (Source: A national compositional analysis study Zero Waste Scotland conducted in 2014/15) 

This includes: food waste (23%), plastics (16%), garden waste (2%), cardboard/paper (6%), and a mix of other items such as glass, cans, small electrical items aerosols, and textiles (10%). 

We know change is always challenging and the Council will support you on this journey.

Please download this leaflet which was also posted to your home, for tips and advice on how to recycle more and save space in your bins.

If you need additional recycling capacity, you can apply for another recycling bin here.

There will also be additional capacity for large families.

We will provide an extra 240l grey bin emptied fortnightly to households with two or more children in nappies. 

If your household meets the criteria, please complete the online form 

If you need additional recycling capacity, you can apply for another recycling bin here.

Putting waste in your grey bin should be the last step. At the moment, in a typical general waste bin, 57% of items should actually be placed in recycling bins at your home. (Source: A national compositional analysis study Zero Waste Scotland conducted in 2014/15 to ascertain volumes of waste in average bins).

Before you send waste to a landfill, there are a number of steps you can take to save space. This includes separating your waste to see if any of it can be recycled in one of your recycling bins and squeezing excess air out of a bin bag to create more room in the bin. 

Remember: you can deposit large or bulky items at our tips for free or by booking a bulky uplift.

If you need additional recycling capacity, you can apply for another recycling bin here.

You can apply for the non-hazardous healthcare waste service here.

We don’t provide larger bins or more frequent collections for pet waste.

Pet waste can be taken to one of our tips (HWRCs) and placed in a landfill container. 

We will contact all households that are moving to the new 4 weekly collection service in July.

All properties will receive a collection calendar in September which will detail their collection schedule.

Some collections will remain unchanged.  These properties have already been identified by Waste Services who will contact them in advance.

No, this change will not affect you.  

If you receive a purple sack collection your waste will continue to be collected on a Monday and Wednesday.

 

The online collection dates will change when the service starts on
20 September 2021.

An assisted pull-out service is currently available to residents in need of this service.

Residents who are disabled, elderly or infirm, can request the service by contacting the Council’s Contact Centre on 01786 404040.

By recycling household waste more efficiently, there will be sufficient capacity in your bins. Remember, currently, in a typical grey bin, 57% of items should actually be placed in recycling bins. Please check out our downloadable booklet for recycling tips and advice.

Residents can also take the waste and bulky items to our tips (HWRC) or book a bulky uplift.

This means there is no legitimate reason or excuse for an increase in this unacceptable, criminal behavior.

The Council will continue enforcement activities for incidences of identified fly-tipping across the area. If a person is caught fly-tipping, they can be fined £200 up to £40,000 and could face up to 6 months in prison.

Fly-tipping can be reported online by visiting Fly-Tipping - Stirling Council

You will receive a letter and information leaflet on the new service from 21 July.

This will include what the changes will be, why we are making them, a reminder of what goes into your bins, and tips on recycling.

You will also be sent your new collection dates in early September.

No. On collection day your bin lid should be closed.

As currently, any waste left outside of the bin will not be collected.

Extra waste can be taken to one of our tips (HWRC).

If you need additional recycling capacity, you can apply for another recycling bin here.

Household bins can be collected between 7am and 5.30pm on your bin collection day.

If your bin was not collected, then please wait until the following day to contact us.

Household bins are collected between 7am and 5.30pm on your bin collection day.  If your bin was not out then please present your bin on your next bin collection day.  

If you have recyclable or non-recyclable waste you are unable to store then please take it to one of our tips (HWRC).

A household of five or more with excess non-recyclable waste can apply for their standard 240l grey bin (general waste) to be swapped for a larger 360l grey bin.

A household of four or more can apply for the above as well, where exceptional circumstances are evidenced. There will be a requirement to undertake a waste audit as part of the application.

Households with two or more children in nappies will now be able to apply for the non-hazardous healthcare waste collection service – an additional 240l bin. Complete our online form to apply.

Households can apply for additional green and blue recycling bins, and blue recycling boxes here.

You can purchase as many brown bins for garden waste as you need here.

 

All householders will receive a letter from 21 July.

You will be able to apply from 20 July.

Please note, the deadline for receiving these bins in time for the service change is 31 August.

If you need additional recycling capacity, you can apply for another recycling bin here.

We will deliver additional and larger bins starting from mid August.  

These will be delivered by the start of the new service on 20 September.

No. You should continue to use this bin.

All households will receive a new collection calendar in September, which will provide your new collection day.

If you need additional recycling capacity, you can apply for another recycling bin here.

 

No. You should continue to use this for healthcare waste and present this every fortnight.

All households will receive a new collection calendar in September, which will provide your new collection day for healthcare bins. 

No, your assisted collection service will continue as before.

The changes we are making will encourage a change in culture of waste disposal.

This will help us reduce the volume and types of waste we send to landfill and increase the amount we recycle.

Remember, at the moment, in a typical grey bin, 57% of items should actually be placed in recycling bins at your home.

Please try to manage your waste so that you make best use of your recycling bins.

Flattening cardboard boxes and squashing plastic bottles, milk cartons and cans helps create more space in your recycling bins.

Please download this leaflet which is being posted to residents for tips and advice on how to recycle more and save space in your bins.

If you have recyclable or non-recyclable waste you are unable to store then please take it to one of our tips (HWRCs).

If you are producing business waste then please contact our Commercial Waste Team.

Experience from other local authorities shows that this service change will not lead to pests or vermin.

However, if you are concerned about this then please keep your bin lid closed, store your bin in a shady area and bag any smelly waste.

Please remember to recycle all food waste in your brown bin and we will continue to collect this every two weeks.

If you meet certain criteria then you can get additional waste capacity. Find out more here.

Yes, there is still an opportunity to do so, though you may not receive your new bin in time for your first new collection day following the start of the new schedule on Monday, 20 September.    

To apply for a bigger grey bin, head here.

For additional recycling capacity, head here.

If you a household that produces non-hazardous personal healthcare waste, or have two or more children in nappies, apply for an additional grey bin here.

If you want to leave a comment or suggestion about Recycle 4 Stirling, please use this form and it will be passed to our Waste Service for consideration (please note there will be no reply to comments submitted):

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Last updated: Friday, September 17, 2021 5:01 PM