Bin collections across Fife impacted by industrial action

Industrial action

Fife Council has received union notification of strikes involving waste and recycling centres staff, and street cleansing staff from 5:00am Tuesday 6 September until 4:59am Wednesday 14 September.

This will significantly impact household waste collections and street cleaning, with the majority of domestic collections across Fife being suspended over this period.

There will also be some impact on recycling centres, which may be subject to closure 7 _10 September, and collections from recycling points.

The council anticipates that normal collections will resume on Wednesday 14 September.

Litter bins and dog waste bins are also likely to be affected, as street cleansing staff are also on strike. If litter bins are full, please take your litter home, whenever possible, to help prevent littering.

Fife schools will not be affected by these strikes.

Services likely to be impacted:

  • Resident wheeled bin collections
  • Household waste recycling centres
  • Litter and dog waste bins
  • Street litter and flytipping clearances
  • Bulky uplifts (any existing bookings will go ahead)

Ken Gourlay, Fife Council’s Executive Director Enterprise and Environment, said: “This strike action is part of national action being carried out across Scotland. I fully appreciate that this will be an extremely challenging period for us all and I would like to thank our residents and visitors for their patience and understanding.

“If your bin is due to be collected on a day affected by strike action, please present it on the kerb as usual, but if it has not been emptied by 9pm take it back in and present it again on the next scheduled day for that bin. Decisions on which bins will be serviced will be dependent on the numbers of employees attending work, or striking.

“Please store products that can be recycled until the next scheduled collection day, where possible.  Recycling points and centres are likely to be much busier than usual during the strike action so we advise that residents avoid using these.

“We will lift excess waste landfill/recycling on the next scheduled uplift. Please do not leave non-recyclable waste at recycling points as this is fly-tipping.”

Commercial collections are unlikely to be impacted in Fife at this time.

See the latest information at www.fife.gov.uk/binstrike