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Strike action to disrupt Stirling’s waste services

Information from Stirling Council
Stirling Council residents are warned to expect major disruption to bin collections from this Friday.

Local UNISON members in the Council’s waste and recycling service will go on strike from Friday 26 August to Monday 29 August as part of national industrial action over pay for Council workers.

Scheduled household bin collections and recycling centre opening times will be impacted as a result between Friday 26 August and Sunday 4 September.

Over the coming weeks, the Council will deploy the following contingency plans:

  • Between Friday 26 August and Sunday 4 September, the collection of grey, healthcare and brown bins will be prioritised. Households due a collection for any of these bins should present them in the normal place and time and leave them out until they are emptied
  • Green and blue bins will not be collected between Friday 26 August and Sunday 4 September. Please do not present these bins until their next collection date
  • Polmaise and Callander Recycling Centres will close Friday 26 August – Monday 29 August (inclusive)
  • Balfron Recycling Centre will close on Friday 26 September and re-open on the evening of Monday 29 August.

A second period of industrial action is also planned between 7 and 10 September. Further information will be provided on the impact of this in due course.

In the meantime, the Council has prepared a special information page on its website at

Residents are encouraged to check their bin calendar ahead of the strike, which can be done online here:

New calendars will be uploaded in September, with paper copies issued following the strike period.

Regular reminders of the contingency arrangements will be posted on the Council’s Facebook and Twitter channels throughout the coming weeks.

Stirling Council bin collections to be reviewed

Information from Stirling Council.

Stirling Council will embark on a review of its waste services with a public consultation placed at its heart.

A short-life working group will be established following a motion at Thursday’s Council meeting to confirm the full extent of the review, which will include, at least, the following matters:

  • The frequency of each waste collection stream
  • The garden waste charge
  • The costs of the waste collection service
  • Ensuring the highest level of recycling

The review will also include the views of the public, waste services work force and trade unions.

The move comes after a suite of changes to waste collection were approved by Council in 2020, which then came into force in September 2021. The changes shifted grey and blue bin collections to four-weekly and introduced a garden waste permit.

Information on the review, its scope and the public consultation will be confirmed in due course.

Bin Collections over Christmas

Information from Stirling Council

Households and businesses across Stirling will shortly receive a letter with details of bin collection dates during the festive period.

To provide extra recycling capacity at a time when there is typically increased waste and recycling produced at home, residents will receive an additional blue bin (plastic bottles, tubs, trays, cartons, tins & aerosols) collection.

The letter also includes some top festive recycling tips along with the opening times of the Household Waste Recycling Centres (tips) at Lower Polmaise, Callander and Balfron.

As in previous years, the brown bin collection will be suspended for one cycle (27 December- 2 January).

Residents will be asked to present their brown bin for collection on the following cycle (10-16 January). After this point, brown bins will be emptied as normal every two weeks.

Please note, this means that the last brown collection of the year will be next week (13-19 December).

Glass box collections will continue as normal.

Additional Healthcare Waste bin collections between 20-24 December will run as scheduled. Households with these collections due on 25 and 26 December will receive a letter with an alternative collection date.

Household Waste Recycling Centres will also remain open throughout most of the festive period if you have excess paper or cardboard material or other bulky items that do not fit in your bins.

Residents can also check their festive collection dates on the Council website.

New Bin Collection Calendar

From Stirling Council

Residents will receive their new bin collection calendars from the Council this week ahead of the start of four-weekly collections of grey and blue bins.

The grey bin (general waste) and blue bin (plastic, cans & cartons) will be collected every four weeks, instead of fortnightly, from Monday, 20 September.

The changes mean some residents may have different collection days after this date and they are advised to check their calendar when it arrives. New calendars will be available online in advance of the change date.

The change from fortnightly collections aims to reduce waste to landfill by encouraging better recycling, limiting avoidable costs to the Council for landfilling waste, and providing a more efficient bin collection service for residents.

An information leaflet can be downloaded here.

Head to for more information.

Bulky Uplift to restart

Stirling Council’s Special Uplift Service will resume from 17 May.

From 11 May, households will be able to request an uplift of bulky items of household waste online or by calling 01786 404040.

As before, residents can makes a request via the online form they will receive a call back within 48 hours to confirm the collection date and to make the payment.

The special uplift service was suspended at Christmas due to the national Covid restrictions.

As the service has been unavailable for a number of months, we anticipate increased demand. Uplifts will restart from 17 May but bookings can be made from 11 May.

All booked items should be presented on the kerbside outside your property as waste crews will not enter a property to collect items.

Further details on items that can be uplifted, concessions and other key information can be found on the Council website.

Please note that if you or a member of your household have COVID-19 symptoms, you should not request an uplift. Households must wait 72 hours after a household is clear from isolating prior to making a request.

If you have requested an uplift and you or anyone within the household develop COVID-19 symptoms, please telephone 01786 404040 to rearrange your request.

Councillors approve new household waste and recycling policy – Stirling Council

Stirling’s Councillors have adopted a new household waste and recycling policy which includes a 100% concession scheme for the new Garden Waste Permit.

The £35 annual opt-in charge for garden waste collection will start on 19 April and will support the Council’s drive to improve its household waste collection services.

Residents in receipt of a council tax reduction will be eligible to receive their permit for no charge, along with those who receive a garden maintenance service.

A household with someone who is ‘severely mentally impaired’ may also qualify for the concession.

Almost 7,000 of Stirling Council’s householders will be entitled to the free service and will receive their permit directly.


The new policy consolidates the current practices of the Council’s waste and recycling services to households for ease of reference and transparency. 

There are only four areas of current service provision which will change under the new policy (We will advise residents when these changes will apply):

  • A household of five or more, rather than a household of six or more, with excess non-recyclable can apply for their standard 240L grey bin (general waste) to be swapped for a larger 360L grey bin.
  • Households with more than two children in nappies will now be able to apply for the non-hazardous healthcare waste collection service – an additional 240L grey (general waste) bin.
  • From April 2021, and once the current stock is depleted, the Council will no longer provide food waste caddy liners from Council buildings. Residents can put food waste in their caddy loose, line their caddy with newspaper or kitchen roll or purchase compostable liners from supermarkets or online.
  • As part of the current standard household waste and recycling collection service, contaminated recycling bins are not emptied. Whilst the Council would encourage contamination to be removed, residents can now request a chargeable uplift for a contaminated bin. 

Members of the Environment and Housing Committee approved the policy following a vote last week (11 February).

The policy reflects the changes to the Council’s Waste Transformation Programme that was approved by Councillors in June 2020.

Almost 70,000 new grey and brown bins have been delivered to households (as of 10 Feb) as part of phase one of the transformation.

Along with the policy, the committee report also includes a list of waste and recycling requirements for the public, such as container presentation times, contamination guidelines, collection of missed bins, assisted collections and bulky uplifts.

To view the report, the policy and guidelines, please click here to download the agenda papers.

A recording of the Environment and Housing Committee meeting is available to view on the Council’s YouTube channel

Proposed Bin Collection Changes and Charges

Information from Councillor Martin Earl

The attached report forms part of the agenda for the virtual Stirling Council meeting taking place next Tuesday at 10am.

This report is seeking approval to make some radical changes to the current bin collection arrangements.

  • Reduce Grey/ landfill bin collections to Monthly ( Currently fortnightly)
  • Reduce Blue ( plastics/tins( collections to monthly ( currently fortnightly)
  • Stop Glass collections ( from 2022 when deposit return scheme is meant to be introduced)
  • Introduce a charge for the collection of garden waste  in the Brown Bin

This is the first I have heard that these proposals would be coming to this meeting. The attached report goes into more detail.

I have a number of serious concerns regarding the proposals and also the timing of this.

I would be grateful for any thoughts, comments, queries and questions you may have – email

Bin Collection 22-28th June

Bin Uplift Re-starting

There will be a Grey Bin collection next week ( 25-31 May) on your normal collection days- Saturday for Thornhill area.

Normal waste and Recycling collections will restart on 1 June 2020. Collections will be made in line with the latest calendar which can be found at

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