East Dunbartonshire community still split over new recycling regime

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East Dunbartonshire’s newly rolled-out refuse and recycling regime is still experiencing teething problems - two weeks after being rolled out.

All households should now be using the new slimline recycling bins and food caddies - with food waste being collected every week, while recycling and general waste is being picked up on alternate weeks.

Initial concerns included the number of containers being packed into small gardens and outside flats, but this week several other complaints surfaced, including some residents who have still not received their bins.

One woman from Lennoxtown said: “I didn’t get my bins when I was meant to three weeks ago for some reason. I was told that my bins were on order. Weren’t enough bins purchased in the first place?”

Meanwhile, another resident has questioned the cost of the new system, saying: “I am all for recycling but what they never told us was that, as well as squandering all that money on bins, the council spent thousands of pounds of our money on brand new trucks. What was wrong with the old trucks. It all seems to be a false economy.”

And there have been a number of complaints relating to the new lorries being unable to navigate past parked cars on roads where there have never been issues before.

David Devine, the council’s head of roads and neighbourhood services, said: “The council’s fleet is mainly leased and the old kerbside recycling vehicles were at the end of their useful life and required to be replaced regardless of whether a new waste collection service was to be implemented by the council. As such the costs for the new recycling fleet are to be met from the waste and recycling fleet budget.

“Food waste collection is an entirely new service and the fleet of specialist vehicles have been fully funded by a £396k grant from Zero Waste Scotland. The implementation of the new waste collection service is projected to deliver an annual saving of £500K by contributing to the reduction in the cost of landfill disposal by removing food waste from the general waste stream and in helping the council to increase recycling rates and meet national recycling targets.”

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