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Stirling Council Waste Services Strike

Local UNISON members in the Council’s Waste Service will go on strike from Thursday 10 August to Sunday 13 August 2023 (inclusive) as part of industrial action over pay.

As a result, scheduled household bin collections will be impacted.

Household waste recycling centres at Lower Polmaise, Balfron and Callander will also be closed from 10-13 August and will open again as normal on Monday 14 August.

The Council will deploy the following contingency plans, with more detailed information available at

Brown Bins – Garden and food waste

Brown bin collections due on these dates are delayed and will be rescheduled, commencing Tuesday 15 August.


There will be no glass collections from 10-13 August. We encourage residents to store their glass until their next scheduled collection. Alternatively, glass can be disposed of at the nearest glass recycling point. If recycling bins are full, we ask people to please take glass home.

Blue bins – Plastics, cans and cartons

There will be no blue bin collections for the whole week commencing Monday 14 August. This is to accommodate the delayed collection of brown bins. We encourage residents to store their blue bin recycling until the next collection or visit their local Household Waste and Recycling Centre, which will be open as normal on Monday 14 August.

Grey Bins

Grey bins due for collection week commencing Monday 14 August will be collected as normal.

Commercial Waste

There will be disruption to commercial general waste and recycling collections during the period of industrial action. Detailed collection updates for commercial waste customers can be found at


Children’s Summer Reading Challenge

Children in Stirling are being encouraged to keep their minds active at the end of term, with the return of the Summer Reading Challenge.

Throughout the summer holidays, children aged 4-11 can take part in ‘Ready, Set, Read!’ by visiting any Stirling Council library or the Summer Reading Challenge website. The theme of this year’s challenge is centred on the power of play, sport and physical activity.

Through activity challenge cards from the Youth Sport Trust, and an exciting themed book collection, the Summer Reading Challenge aims to keep imaginations flowing over the school holiday.

By participating in the challenge, young bookworms will have the opportunity to explore new reading material, develop skills, and discover new interests.

As an added incentive to take part, children who complete the Summer Reading Challenge will qualify for free admission to a number of attractions and activities across Stirling, through partnerships formed with the Council’s Libraries Service.

The free activities* that are offered for completing the reading challenge with Stirling Council Libraries include:

–          Free admission to Blair Drummond Safari Park

–          Free admission to Briarlands Farm

–          Free admission to the National Wallace Monument

–          Free entry for swimming at The Peak, The University of Stirling Sport or Bellrock Balfron Campus

Community Development News May 2023

Please see the link here to the latest edition of Stirling Council’s CD News.

Contents include articles on the local council elections, mental health awareness week and digital password managers.

Tablet Computers Lending Service

Did you know it’s not just books you can borrow from Stirling Council Libraries – users can now stay connected online following the launch of a free tablet lending service.

Any member of Stirling Council Libraries can now borrow a tablet and MiFi with free, unlimited data for up to three weeks. The innovative service is available across all 15 libraries as well as the two mobile libraries.

MiFis, which are wireless routers, are provided in partnership with Connecting Scotland and allow users to stay online at home and on the move.

Residents who wish to become a member of Stirling Council Libraries and access the service should go to their local branch with two forms of identification, one of which must have their current address, and speak to a member of staff.

Further information about the tablet lending service is available by emailing Angela Short, Digital Inclusion Officer, at or calling 01786 237 547.

Community Development March 2023

Please see the link to the March issue of Stirling Council Community Development Bulletin.

Items in this issue include, e.g
Information about Community Council Elections
Bowls and a brew at the Balfour Centre
how to make money by de-cluttering
Funding opportunities

Community Development Bulletin Feb 2023

This issue has useful information about Dial-a Journey, hiring a tablet computer and sources of support.

Stirling Council CD News Bulletin

Please see link to the latest Stirling Council CD News Bulletin full of interesting articles relevant to communities

Stirling Council Budget Engagement

The local authority has launched its annual round of public budget engagement, seeking opinions and feedback from residents through the Budget Conversation to understand the services that matter most to them. With no increase expected in Local Government core funding from the Scottish Government for the next three years, the Council now needs to find a way to bridge a gap which is almost double its annual roads and land services budget.

Join this year’s budget conversation by telling us what is important to you through our quick survey. We want as many people to take part so please spread the word about the survey in your community. The Conversation will close on Friday 16th December

Access the survey on Engage Stirling. You can also fill out the survey via Stirling Council Libraries or order a paper copy of the survey by calling our Customer First Contact Centre on 01786 404040. You can also request alternative formats by emailing

2022 Stirling Council Residents’ Survey

The 2022 Stirling Council Residents’ Survey is officially underway.

Your View will give people living locally the chance to have their say on satisfaction levels with the Council and its services, following on from the last survey in 2019.

The survey is open to every Council resident, as well as those who work or study in the Stirling Council area.

The survey will run until 20 October and is accessible via Engage Stirling, or via direct link at

Paper copies will also be available in local libraries.

More information

Dates for Closure of Schools and Nurseries

Stirling Council has written to all parents and carers to update them on the impact of planned national strike action.

All Stirling Council nurseries, primary schools and additional support needs settings will close from Tuesday 6 September to Thursday 8 September.

Bannockburn, Stirling and Wallace High schools will also close to pupils.

All other High schools will remain open.

A letter has been issued to parents and carers today, with further information on alternative arrangements and supports to follow.

Alternative arrangements for those receiving free school meals will be confirmed through schools in the coming days.

Updates will also be posted on the Council’s web page for strike updates:

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