Perth and Kinross Council has defended its record on emptying wheelie bins after a spate of problems with the service.
The local authority has cancelled or postponed eight collections since the start of the year, for various reasons including punctures, lorry breakdowns and road closures. However, a council spokeswoman said there have been fewer missed collections than the same period last year and blamed a new system of highlighting problems on social media.
“In the current financial year to date, the council’s waste team has completed 5,317,312 bin collections throughout Perth and Kinross,” she said.
“The number of missed bin collections for this financial year is 2,062 to date, or 0.04% overall, which is lower than the rate for the previous year.
“Since the beginning of the year we have been testing a new reporting procedure in a concentrated effort to better inform our residents if there is an issue with their scheduled collection.
“While we understand that by pro-actively sharing this information it appears that we have had an increase in missed collections, we would like to reassure our residents that our waste team make every effort to collect bins on scheduled days.”