The threat of ongoing industrial action by some staff has forced Stirling Council to announce that this year it will end the collection of brown wheeled bins earlier than planned.
A work to rule by members of the Unite union, combined with a day of strike action by Unison, has led to a backlog of collections and means that the Council has to focus its resources on grey bins, recycling and food waste.
Unite’s action could continue for some time and members could vote for it to be escalated. This has left the Council with no choice but to cease the collection of garden refuse (brown wheeled bins) from Friday, 20 September – rather than the normal time in November.
There will then be a two-week catch up period, from the 20th of September, during which brown bins will be emptied. Householders have been asked to leave unemptied brown wheeled bins in the usual safe place until this has been done.
These measures will free up resources to deal with the backlog of work and help us return to the normal timetable for picking up recycling and household waste.
Bob Jack, Stirling Council Chief Executive, said: “The decision to end brown wheeled bin collections earlier than planned was not easy and we are sorry for both the short notice and the inconvenience.
“Unfortunately the threat of ongoing industrial action means we must put in place plans to ensure that we are able to maintain thecollection of household grey bin waste, food waste and recycling - these have to be our priorities.”
The Council is taking a series of measures to try to help people who are experiencing problems with their waste collection:
- Free home composting bins are being made available to all those who want them.
- A Waste Disruptions page has been created on our website with regular updates on the latest collection schedules.
- Garden waste can also be taken to the Council’s Lower Polmaise Waste Recycling centre seven days a week.