A review of North Lanarkshire’s new enlarged bins for public spaces is to be carried out after councillors put forward residents’ calls for a “rethink on locations and frequency of emptying”.
Small litter bins in the area’s parks and streets are being replaced with a reduced number of 240-litre and 360-litre containers, which will be emptied once every three weeks in line with the authority’s domestic waste collection schedule.
However, opposition members say the removal of hundreds of the smaller bins has resulted in increased litter – including dog waste – at the previous sites.
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SNP group members successfully requested an assessment of the locations and emptying schedule for the new bins, to include consultation with community boards and local groups, to be carried out and presented to a future meeting of the council’s environment committee.
It was unanimously agreed by councillors participating in the authority’s latest online meeting; with the review’s purpose being “to establish whether the current sites are the most appropriate for the disposal of litter and dog waste”.
The motion was introduced by the party’s environment spokesman, Councillor Willie Goldie, who said: “At times it appears that these large bins lie full for a considerable time, causing the overflow of waste which has a detrimental effect on the local environment.
“In many areas we’ve seen an increase in littering and the deposition of dog waste where the bins were previously located – just as an example, the removal of all the bins from the walkway of the Millcroft Road flats in Cumbernauld has exacerbated existing issues in this area.
“This motion ensures that we have a review in consultation with our communities to allow the residents to be best served by these facilities – one size does not fit all.”
He added: “I’m sure every councillor can identify similar issues with their ward, and colleagues across North Lanarkshire have been inundated by requests from members of the public and environmental groups for us to have a rethink.
“Many areas are designed with a network of footpaths to separate motorists from pedestrians, and I feel the removal of bins from areas not accessed by service vehicles does best not serve our communities.
“We cannot condone the actions of irresponsible residents, but we must encourage them by providing facilities in the locations that best serve this purpose.”
Seconding the motion, Coatbridge South member Tracy Carragher added: “I’m concerned about the impact the change will have; I’m really pleased all parties and none are on the same page.
“The consultation will have to be meaningful so we can improve the current situation for residents and the environment.”
North Lanarkshire announced the introduction of the enlarged bins at key locations including town centres and green spaces a year ago, saying it would “reduce the risk of overflowing” by quadrupling overall litter capacity, as well as removing 200,000 non-recyclable plastic bags per year, previously used to line the smaller bins.
Environment convener Michael McPake said as the rollout began in the Cumbernauld area three months ago: “The larger bins will provide much more capacity and allow us to deliver a more efficient cleansing service.
“The initiative is also more environmentally friendly and will cut the amount of fuel used by our fleet and reduce emissions.
“As we install the new bins, we monitor their use to ensure they’re in the most appropriate locations and, if needed, move them to best meet the needs of each community.”
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