Weekly refuse collections are set to be binned in parts of Dundee from next month.
The city council is to roll out a new bin collection service next month adding to the number and type of bins each household has. However, weekly collections for all but food waste are set to be scrapped.
The new service will affect the Broughty Ferry and West End areas in the first instance, before being phased in across the rest of the city.
In a letter to households in the Ferry, the council said the changes would come in during March. It added: “Large quantities of recyclable material are thrown out daily by households and this is a waste of valuable resources. The Scottish Government introduced recycling targets for local authorities to achieve.”
It is hoped the changes will nearly double the city’s recycling rate to 60% over the next five years. Homes will be given two new kitchen ‘caddies’ one for inside to discard food waste, and a larger one to store the waste outside.
The food waste service is the only one which will have weekly collections. A new glass recycling service will also be introduced, with household receiving a slimline burgundy bin for recycling all colours of glass bottles and jars. Some areas of the city already have a burgundy bin, which is used for mixed recycling, but these will change to glass only as the new service is rolled out.
The glass recycling bins are set to be emptied every four weeks. Another new blue bin will be delivered to each household in order to store mixed recycling. This includes paper, cardboard, plastic containers, and metals such as food tins and drinks cans.
The council will empty these mixed recycling bins on a fortnightly basis.
Existing grey bins for household waste which can’t be recycled will remain, but collections will be fortnightly as opposed to weekly which is currently the case.
The proposals were put to community groups across the city at the end of last year. Councillor Craig Melville, the city’s environment convener, said the local authority had listened carefully to feedback received from the consultation on the new scheme.
Some local authorities, including Highland and East Ayrshire, are considering cutting the frequency of their waste collections to only once a month.