Day to forget - bin dodgy calendars, says red-faced council

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MORE than £3,700 has been thrown away on “green bin” calendars by a cash-strapped council.

A total of 44,500 refuse calendars were printed at a cost of £1,728 with the incorrect dates for uplift.

East Dunbartonshire Council began distributing the incorrect calendars between Monday, February 13, and Thursday, February 16, before it realised the mistake had been made.

A total of 20,264 households received the wrong calendar.

The council, however, has ordered another batch of 44,500 calendars at a discounted cost of £1,628 which will be delivered between Monday, February 27, and Sunday, March 11.

The extra cost – including redistribution – totals £3,793.

Derek Cunningham, director of development and infrastructure, said: “When we realised some of the information on the calendars was incorrect we immediately took steps to rectify the situation.

“We would ask those residents in Bearsden, Bishopbriggs, Kirkintilloch, Lennoxtown, Lenzie and Milngavie who received the incorrect calendar from Monday, February 13, to Thursday, February 16, to recycle it and await delivery of their correct calendar. We apologise for any inconvenience this has caused.”

The first green bin collections begin on the weeks commencing March 5 and 12, and the calendar details the collection weeks through to the end of November.

Mr Cunningham added: “East Dunbartonshire Council has one of the most successful garden waste collection schemes in the country.

“Last year with the help of residents, we composted 11,000 tonnes of garden waste which would previously have gone to landfill.”

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