Coronavirus updates: Changes to Stirling bin collection service

   2020-03-25 16:03

GLASS box collections have been suspended in Stirling with a shake-up of household bin collections announced.

Those wishing to dispose of glass have been asked to keep their box at home for future recycling or, if this is not possible, to use the grey bins.

Brown bin pick-ups will also be suspended, but one final collection will take place this week. After this date, good and garden waste can be placed in grey bins.

The council has issued a revised collection calendar with blue bins (plastics and cans) going to a four-weekly collection.

Green (paper and card) bins will continue at four-weekly collection, with grey bins continuing to be picked up every two weeks.

The changes come in response to the developing Covid-19 situation, with officials saying it will allow the waste service to focus available staff resources on priority collections.

Within the new framework, one bing will be collected each week until further notice.

Summary of forthcoming collection weeks:

  • W/C March 30 – GREY Bins only
  • W/C April 6 – GREEN Bins only
  • W/C April 13 – GREY Bins only
  • W/C April 20 – BLUE Bins only

Prior to each collection week, Stirling Council will be reminding the public what bin is due for collection on its social media channels – Twitter and Facebook.

For the time being, residents are advised to disregard the waste and recycling collection calendars that were recently posted to homes.

Any individuals asked to self-isolate, either as a precaution or because they are confirmed to have Coronavirus (COVID-19), should follow this advice to dispose of their household waste to ensure the virus is not spread via personal waste:

  • Individuals should place all personal waste such as used tissues and disposable cleaning cloths, securely in a plastic bag or bin liner
  • This plastic bag should then be placed in another plastic bag and securely tied
  • These bags must be stored separately to other waste for at least 72 hours before being placed in your grey bin.

Elsewhere, following the restrictions announced by the UK and Scottish Governments on 23 March, all Stirling Council Household Waste and Recycling Centres (tips) are now closed until further notice.

The weighbridge at Polmaise Depot Waste Transfer Station will be closed to commercial customers until further notice. Commercial customers involved in critical supply chain delivery (as outlined by Government announcements) requiring disposal services during this period, should contact the Council’s Customer Service Centre on 01786 404040.

The special uplift service has ceased with immediate effect until further notice.

The council says it will continue to monitor waste collections and will provide further updates in due course. It may be that further adjustments to collection arrangements will be required in the coming weeks.

Cllr Jim Thomson, convener of the environment and housing committee, said: “The UK and Scottish Governments’ latest restrictions, combined with the significant resource challenges we were already facing during this unprecedented situation, left us with no option other than to temporarily reduce our waste services.

“We recognise these enforced changes will cause disruption to residents and businesses across Stirling and we would appreciate their patience during this national emergency.”

Cllr Danny Gibson, vice convener of the committee, added: “We understand that closing our waste and recycling centres will cause inconvenience to the public but this is a necessary decision following strict national guidance.

“Our kerbside service will continue to operate, with a focus on priority collections, and we would ask people for their understanding and support in these challenging times.”

To confirm what to put in your bins, check

For the full list of council service disruptions due to the current national emergency, visit

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