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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


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. 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

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