If you haven't already received it, you will soon receive your new grey wheeled bin for the separate collection of paper, card and cardboard, which will be emptied every 4 weeks.
The existing blue wheeled bin will still be used for the collection of metal cans, plastic bottles, pots, tubs, trays and cartons and will be emptied every 4 weeks.
The existing green wheeled bin for non-recyclable waste will be emptied every 4 weeks.
Flattened card, paper and cardboard only for example newspapers and magazines, brochures and catalogues, leaflets, junk mail, envelopes, cereal boxes, corrugated cardboard boxes.
Please keep it clean and dry and place the materials loose in the bin (rather than in a bag) or it may not be emptied.
You can’t recycle tissues and napkins, padded envelopes, hardback books, kitchen towels, wet paper, wallpaper or toilet paper.
The Council declared a climate emergency in August 2021 and part of our response is to encourage:
The changes will also help to meet Scottish Government recycling targets in the future including the Scottish Household Recycling Charter.
It is important that we separate paper, card and cardboard from other recyclables to keep it clean and dry. When collected with other recyclables, the paper and card can become contaminated with food and drinks residue.
You do not need to do anything to get the new bin. This will be delivered to your house with a collection dates calendar and information on what goes in each of your bins.
You will need to start separating paper and card from the other recyclable materials before the first collection in October.
If you don’t already recycle everything that you can, including food waste, please start to do so now. This will help you to prepare for the service changes in October.
You will receive your new bin in between the beginning of August and the end of September and the new collection will begin in October.
We will send you a printed calendar of the new collection dates. Please use this new calendar from October.
You should start using your grey bin immediately after the last collection of your blue bin in September 2023.
The day you put your bin out will depend on the area you live in. You will receive a printed calendar to let you know the new bin collection dates. You will also be able to view the new collection dates online from October.
Savings will be made through reducing the frequency of collections and eliminating the need to separate the types of recycling.
Recycling waste is cheaper than sending it to landfill disposal.
It can generate an income that can be used to offset the cost of the service and/or support other essential Council services.
We do not offer larger bins but you can apply for an additional bin of the same size. This can be requested using the additional capacity application form.
Space can be conserved in your grey bin by flattening all cardboard.
Choosing not to recycle has a negative impact on the environment and your green bin may not be emptied if it contains materials which are suitable for recycling. Waste placed in the green bin goes to landfill - the waste from all other bins is recycled.
We are proud that Clackmannanshire has a good rate of recycling in comparison to other areas in Scotland and we want to build on this success by recycling more efficiently. By separating your recycling and using your new bin, you are reducing carbon emissions and reducing the amount of paper and card recyclables that get contaminated.
Our collection vehicles that empty the green bins will travel less miles and therefore consume less diesel and generate fewer emissions.
An increase in recycling and a reduction in the amount of waste sent to landfill will cut carbon emissions further.
We are making these changes to reduce the impact we have on the environment and to improve the efficiency of our waste and recycling service which means your council tax money goes further. The cost to implement these changes comes from external funding and any savings made will go towards other essential services.
For information on how council tax is spent, view our Council Tax booklet.
The cost of the new grey bins is being covered by a grant worth nearly £600,000 from Zero Waste Scotland’s Recycling Improvement fund.
Your green bin may not be emptied if it contains materials which are suitable for recycling and if you do that your green bin is likely to be overflowing after 4 weeks.
You can discuss household waste management with one of our waste officers.
You can apply for additional bin capacity if you meet the following criteria:
This can be requested via the additional capacity application form.
We will only empty bins containing the correct material. Please note that green bins containing recyclable material may not be emptied.
Smaller versions of bins can be requested where space is limited, or bins can be shared with a neighbour.
The delivery of 23,000 new bins is a significant undertaking, and to help the process go smoothly, our focus is on ensuring each household receives its new bin, before dealing with any additional requests such as the need for a smaller bin.
Requests for smaller bins will be recorded and we will try to accommodate them. If customers who request a smaller bin receive the 240 litre bin initially, it will be replaced with a smaller 140 litre bin as soon as possible.
New communal bins will be provided for the separate collection of paper and card for recycling.
The existing blue bin will then be for the separate collection of metal cans, plastic bottles, pots, tubs, trays and cartons.
All new and existing bins will be labelled to describe exactly what should be placed in each.
A recycling guide for those residents who use communal bins will also be issued.
Residents who would otherwise wait more than four weeks between green bin collections, because of the transition to the new collection calendar, will receive an additional one off collection. You will receive a letter in September explaining when your additional collection will be.
Kilncraigs, Greenside Street, Alloa, FK10 1EB
Tel: 01259 450000