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Falkirk Council moves to three-weekly collection

Falkirk Council has decided to reduce the frequency of residual waste collection to every three weeks from fortnightly.

The council estimated that this would deliver savings of over £250,000 for 2014/15 and over £380,00 in 2015/16 in comparison to the current fortnightly collection system.

The collection of food waste recycling will remain weekly, while the collection of commingled recycling, garden waste and glass, electricals and textile will remain fortnightly.

The option was preferred to reduce collection of residual waste from fortnightly to three-weekly but also increase the commingled recycling collection from fortnightly to weekly. A third option was to reduce residual waste collections from fortnightly to four-weekly.

Falkirk has a recycling rate of more than 50%, but under the Scottish zero waste plan must reach 60% recycling for household waste by 2020.

According to council projections, the new collections regime has a potential recycling rate of 60.8%.

Two other Scottish local authorities, East Ayrshire Council and Aberdeen City Council, have been contemplating moving to three-weekly collection.

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