Jack Thomson

Bonnybridge residents face more waste and recycling cuts

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FURTHER cutbacks to bin collections are set to hit Bonnybridge residents in the new year.

Villagers recently voiced their upset at Falkirk Council’s decision to change green and brown bin uplift to every four weeks.

Now budget proposals for 2017-18 could see a charge of £25 implemented for a fortnightly brown bin collection service and an increased charge from £15 to £30 for special uplifts.

Bryan Deakin, chair of Bonnybridge Community Council, said: “While I understand the council needs to make changes to reduce spending, I feel that the proposed changes will have a negative effect on the local area.

“Not all residents will welcome a charge to empty the brown bin and to save cost we are likely to see some placing garden waste in their green bins.”

Many people have expressed their anger at the increased risk of fly tipping in the area on a community Facebook group.

Falkirk Council’s waste strategy coordinator Ross Fenwick rejected the possibility of illegal dumping as a result of changes.

He said: “Households can choose to access either of the two household waste recycling centres from 9am to 5.45pm, seven days a week free of charge for material they require to dispose of.”

That could be set to change, however, as one of the proposals has suggested that opening hours be reduced by fifteen minutes and the centres close their doors to the public twice a week.

While the proposals are simply options for consideration, some people have been upset at the lack of direction from the council.

Mr Fenwick disagreed that there was a pressing need for improved communication.

He said: “We have been communicating with the public on waste and recycling since 2003 and continue to do so.

“Every household affected by the recent changes were posted information on waste and recycling requirements, and similarly received information in 2014 when there was a service change.”

Residents have been encouraged to provide feedback on the proposals.

No decision will be taken until February 2017.

Opening hours of household waste recycling centres set to change

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