Stirling bin changes a threat to public health

Stirling bin changes a threat to public health

Stirling bin changes a threat to public health

Mid Scotland & Fife MSP Dean Lockhart has written to the UK’s leading trade organisation for pest and vermin control seeking their views on the controversial introduction of monthly bin collections in Stirling.

At a Council meeting on 30 June the SNP led administration voted through the changes, scheduled to start next year, by 12 votes to 10 without any prior consultation.
- The grey landfill bin and Blue recycling bin would only be collected once a month
- Brown food and garden waste bins would not be collected if they contained any garden waste but the £35 garden waste collection charge had not been paid.

Mr Lockhart has raised these issues on behalf of the people of Stirling after receiving numerous complaints from constituents, many of whom have raised their concerns that monthly collections of landfill and recycling waste and uncollected brown bins containing food waste will encourage vermin and create pest control problems.

The British Pest Control Association is the UKs leading trade body in this area. It was founded in 1942 and acts on behalf of pest control professionals throughout the UK. It has previously issued warnings regarding the consequences of cuts to collections and the incapacity of Council’s pest control services to cope.

Dean Lockhart MSP said:

‘’Public health concerns should be at front and centre of any decision making process by a local authority and it is quite clear that Stirling Council have pushed through these changes without any consideration as to their environmental impact.

‘’I share the concerns of residents who are worried that a more infrequent bin collection will lead to an increase in pests such as rats.

‘’Emptying peoples bins if one of the most basic and important jobs a council can do and residents should expect a proper service.

‘’I look forward to the response from the British Pest Control Association and hope that Stirling Council listen to any concerns they may have- although given the record of this SNP and Labour administration, I do not hold out much hope.’’

The text of the letter sent to the British Pest Control Association can be found below:


British Pest Control Association
4A Mallard Way
Pride Park
DE24 8GX

17th August 2020

Dear Sir or Madam,

Changes to Waste Collection services in Stirling

I am writing in relation to upcoming changes to waste collection services in the Stirling Council area, which forms part of the area I represent in the Scottish Parliament, and their potential impact on public health.

As you may be aware, Stirling Council have recently approved changes to waste collection services across their area. Included in the measures is the introduction of a new four-weekly collection model for the grey (general waste) bins, coming into effect by July 2021. Also moving to a monthly collection at the same time will be the blue bin collection for recycled materials that includes plastic food packaging.

Another change will be the introduction of a charge for the collection of garden waste. This is placed in the same bin as food waste. It has been confirmed by the Council that bins will not be emptied if they contain any garden waste unless the charge has been paid.

In response to the changes, which were agreed by Stirling Council on 30th June 2020, nearly 6000 people have signed a petition opposing the measures and many have contacted me raising their many concerns. A significant worry being expressed is that the changes detailed above will lead to an increase in the number of rats and other pests.

I am aware that the British Pest Control Association has expressed concerns previously when other Local Authorities were considering moving to three weekly collections. As the leading trade organisation for pest control professionals in the UK I would be extremely grateful for your views on this issue as I share the public health concerns raised by my constituents.

Yours sincerely

Dean Lockhart MSP