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Positive early results from four-weekly collection trials

Collection rounds

Fife Council in Scotland has reported an increase in recycling during the first seven months of its four-weekly collections pilot.

While the trials will continue to be monitored until their conclusion in September, current indications are that waste sent to landfill has reduced and the amount of plastic, cans, paper and cardboard collected has increased.

Contamination levels of the recyclable waste have been low so far and there have not been many overflowing residual bins, the council has reported.

The results come as part of a report on progress by the council’s head of transportation and environment assets Ken Gourlay, which will be shared with the Glenrothes Area Committee.

Launched at the end of September 2015, the trials involve 4,000 households in two areas, Markinch & Coaltown of Balgonie and Thornton & Stenton.

Despite the positive results, residents have expressed concern about the potential for four-weekly collections being rolled out after the trial.

A household survey of the recycling trials is also currently being carried out. The results will be analysed once the required amount has been issued and reported back to committee.

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