A fresh petition aimed at halting unpopular four-weekly bin collections has attracted almost 3000 signatures.
News last year that the council’s waste transformation programme would see the grey and blue bins collected every four weeks instead of fortnightly was met with an outcry, including an online petition against the changes signed by almost 7000 people.
The bid ultimately failed to persuade the SNP/Labour administration to backtrack.
However, with the change looming in September, a fresh petition has been launched which by Monday afternoon had already reached more than 2750 names.
The new petition - which can be found at https://www.change.org/p/stirling-council-stop-grey-bins-changing-to-every-4-weeks - was started by Stirling resident Ellice Richardson.
She said: “I want to highlight the fact that Stirling Council will be changing the emptying of grey and blue bins to every four weeks from fortnightly.
“How can this be justified as the bins are full after two weeks and the average household has four people using their bins?
“Either it stays at every two weeks or they give us bigger bins. After all we are paying council tax to get our bins emptied. Does this mean we will get a council tax reduction - I don’t think so. We need to keep the bins to every two weeks to stop fly-tipping.”
While many people took to social media to back the latest effort, not all were convinced that it would be any more successful than the original petition.
Local James Maclean said: “This was already done last year and obviously made no difference. As much as I disagree with it, I believe the decision has already been made and won’t be reversed.”
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While the SNP/Labour administration argue that the timetable change will reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill, increase recycling rates and improve service provision, Tory councillors have argued against the change saying it will increase fly-tipping and argue that neighbouring Falkirk Council has seen no increase in recycling since it introduced a four-weekly cycle.
The Tories have also pledged to scrap the four-weekly pick up if they take over the council at the next local authority elections.
The council meanwhile recently launched a new recycling campaign aimed at supporting the introduction of the four-weekly kerbside collections of grey and blue bins, with the SNP/Labour administration still hoping to convince locals that the new timetable will reap benefits.
The ‘Recycle 4 Stirling’ campaign aims to raise awareness of the environmental and financial impacts of landfilling household waste, and provide recycling information for residents ahead of the change this September.
Speaking about the launch, environment and housing convener Councillor Jim Thomson said: “Recycle 4 Stirling explains the need for a new collection frequency and gives our residents information to help them recycle their waste.
“Right now, the average grey bin is more than half full with recyclable materials, but it’s currently all going to landfill.
“Many blue bins are also presented under capacity on the current schedule, while some residents don’t present them at all, so the change to a four-weekly cycle will allow the council to collect more recycling at a more appropriate frequency.
“When you consider that the council also pays £96.70 per tonne of household waste in landfill tax – which in recent years has cost Stirling nearly £2million per annum – the current state of play is both terrible for the environment and incurring substantial avoidable costs.
“It’s time for our residents to break the habit of how they dispose of waste, and moving to a four-weekly collection cycle for grey and blue bins is a major part of that.”
Food waste will still be collected for free, every two weeks, through the brown bin/caddy.
Every household in the council area except the city centre and some flats will receive an information pack featuring l hints and tips on how to recycle properly, and make the most of the kerbside recycling services.