Around 30,000 households in parts of east Fife are to have their bins day changed for the first time in years.
Changes to routes will come into force from February 18.
Council chiefs have acknowledged the shake-up could be considered an “inconvenience” to many people, although they say new homes have effectively forced their hand.
Shaun Kenyon, Fife Council’s waste operations team manager, said: “The existing rounds have been in place for a number of years and have so far remained unchanged through budget cuts and new housing developments.
“A growth in housing has led to pressure on some routes. The new collection routes allow capacity for future growth and ensure that local people continue to get a good service. We appreciate that changing the collection days may be an inconvenience in the short term but the change will make the service more efficient, reducing travel time and make collection routes more streamlined.”
Residents in Newport-on-Tay, Tayport, Newburgh, Leuchars, Guardbridge, St Andrews, Dairsie, Strathkinness, Cupar, Ladybank, Falkland, Auchtermuchty, Upper and Lower Largo, Crail, Anstruther, Pittenweem, St Monans, Elie and Kennoway will all have their collection days changed. Landfill bins are being fitted with tags informing residents about their new collection calendar and residents are being urged to go onto the Fife Council website to access up-to-date bin calendars
Printed calendars are no longer delivered door-to-door, which is understood to have prompted concerns elderly or more-vulnerable residents may not be fully aware of the changes.