Recycling rates at risk due to bin disruption

Last week in Dunfermline 2000 grey bins and 2000 brown bins were not collected, which has led to worries from Liberal Democrat councillors James Calder and Aude Boubaker-Calder that this is risking serious reduction in recycling rates.

Councillor Calder has said, "Fife Council has ambitious targets in increasing recycling, but we are not going to reach that if people can't recycle.

"Last week thousands of residents in Dunfermline were unable to recycle paper waste in the Halbeath/Duloch areas or compostable waste in Pitcorthie.

"This is a real problem and at the moment there seems to be no attempt at a short term solution to make sure people don't have to wait double the time for their recycling to be picked up. Simply promising more vehicles months down the line won't cut it for residents right now.

"I raised this at the last full council and I will continue to push for a solution to be put in place as soon as possible."

Councillor Boubaker-Calder has also said, “It is unacceptable to ask people to wait 8 weeks for grey/green bins and 4 weeks for brown bins in the Summer to be collected. Many will be completely full after their normal cycle.

“A solution to this problem is now becoming critical. We need to encourage recycling and this is doing the opposite.”

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