We will NEVER go back to dreaded fortnightly collections

wheelie bin cut out
wheelie bin cut out

CHANGES to bin collections in East Dunbartonsire have been put on ice . . . for now.

Last December councillors agreed to introduce one collection for dry recyclable rubbish and another for food and garden waste.

But doubt has been cast on whether the outcome of the current Scottish Government consultation on recycling will support the system.

If it did not, the council could be forced to make another expensive change to their collection regime.

Council leader Rhondda Geekie said it would be a case of “wait and see”, but insisted that she would NOT support a return to unpopular fortnightly collections.

She said: “We are not going back to the fortnightly collections we had before, but we might have to collect food waste in a different way, separate from other refuse.

“We will not be able to do anything until the consultation has been done and expect it to be finished by the end of the summer.

“We will then still have to wait for the Scottish Government to report back.”

David Devine, the council’s head of roads and neighbourhood services, told councillors on the development and infrastructure committee: “Given the uncertainties which the Scottish Government consultation exercise has introduced, progression of any proposals to revise waste collection arrangements would present significant financial risk to the council.

“In these revised circumstances officers are no longer in a position to recommend progression at this time.

“It is suggested that the only realistic course of action is to await the outcomes of the consultation and have clarity on how the Scottish Government intend to legislate prior to committing to any significant change.”

It is thought that the changes will now not be put in place until next year.