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Households in Badenoch and Strathspey being warned of potential changes to bin collection days


By Gavin Musgrove

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The collection day for green (waste) and blue (recycling) bins could be changing for many households in the strath.
The collection day for green (waste) and blue (recycling) bins could be changing for many households in the strath.

Residents in Badenoch and Strathspey are being warned of potential changes to their bin collection days from next month.

Highland Council bosses have said they are currently reviewing the waste and recycling collection routes across the region to help improve the efficiency of its collection vehicles.

They say the review will help to reduce carbon emissions and improve fuel efficiency from the refuse collection vehicles by 'mapping new efficient and balanced collection routes'.

In addition, the review will also help the local authority to manage the waste and recycling collections from the continued growth of housing developments across the strath and wider Highlands.

A Highland Council spokesperson said: "A phased approach is being adopted when implementing the new routes with Badenoch and Strathspey being the first area to be programmed.

"All waste and recycling collections will remain on an alternate weekly basis – refuse collected one week and recycling collected the other week.

"However, some householders may see their collection day changing."

Any changes to collection days will start from the week beginning Monday 9th May.

Residents in Badenoch and Strathspey should have by now receive a letter including a new 2022 Waste and Recycling Bin Collection Calendar showing the day that their waste and recycling will be collected.

The council has said collection dates for some households may remain the same..

Highland Council business waste customers that will see a day change will be sent an email with the details of the collection day changes next week.

Allan Gunn, Executive Chief Officer – Communities and Place, said: “I am pleased that we can start introducing the new optimised waste and recycling collection routes from Monday 9th May, starting in the Badenoch and Strathspey area.

"By utilising specialist software, we have managed to improve the performance of the waste and recycling collection vehicles whilst ensuring there is minimal disruption to residents’ and businesses bin collections.”

He continued: “With the number of households in Highland projected to rise over the coming years, ensuring that we can continue to deliver waste and recycling collections to these additional properties using the existing refuse collection fleet is a vital contribution to the council’s long term financial sustainability and carbon reductions.”

“From 9th May, the council’s waste aware team will be out with the waste and recycling collection operatives in the Badenoch and Strathspey area, and on hand to assist householders who have a new collection day.

"We would also urge the public to help elderly neighbours or relatives put their bin out on the correct day."

Householders in Badenoch and Strathspey will also receive the following information with the letters about the new collections:

• 2022 Waste and Recycling Bin Collection Calendar

• A guide of what can and cannot go into your blue recycling bin

• A guide of the other household recycling services available in your local area

• Tips on how to reduce waste

Garden waste collections remain unaffected by these changes.

For more information visit: www.highland.gov.uk/bindays ; email: recycle@highland.gov.uk or call 01349 886603


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