The Bin Replacement Programme is investing in improving local neighbourhoods by removing small metal dustbins within the backcourts/common bin areas of flats and tenements and replacing them with larger wheeled bins free of charge.
The larger wheeled bins which will be provided will be of various sizes, the size of which will be determined by available space and access and egress to the bin storage area in the backcourt/common bin area.
Additional blue wheeled bins, for the collection of paper, cardboard, plastic bottles and empty cans, will also be provided where required.
Glasgow has around 48,000 small metal dustbins in backcourts or common bin areas of flatted properties. These bins are no longer fit for purpose and are often in poor condition, which can lead to the spread of litter in backcourts, encouraging vermin and creating health and safety issues for both residents and Cleansing operatives.
The Bin Replacement Programme seeks to addresses these issues and will remove small dustbins from 145,000 tenements/flatted properties in the city and replace them with modern general waste and recycling wheeled bins.
The Bin Replacement Programme will be delivered in 3 phases, over three years, in the following areas -
Each resident will be sent a letter prior to the replacement wheeled bins being provided, which will confirm the programmed date.
We are currently trialling new 8 day domestic refuse collections and 16 day recycling collections in flatted properties in the south area. It is anticipated the trials will be complete by 30th November 2020. Thereafter residents can use the council website to access their new days for their domestic and recycling collections.
Consideration may be given to providing the new replacement wheeled bins earlier than scheduled in the programme, if the Bin Replacement Programme early adopter criteria is met.
If the resident, Housing Association or factor is considering backcourt/bin store building works, they should contact the BRP team by email - so that consideration can be given to the provision of the wheeled bins earlier than programmed above.
In the absence of meeting this criteria, replacement bins would have to be purchased in the meantime and this can be arranged via the following contact number: 0141 287 9700.
An example of work carried out by residents at an address in the Southside.
The replacement bins will bring significant benefits to residents in flats through reducing vermin infestation and over-flowing bins, and increasing recycling opportunities.
This will be based on the number of flats in each close and whether standard or larger wheeled bins are suitable for the specific bin store/back court. The required number and size of the replacement wheeled bins will be assessed by the Bin Replacement Programme team. In the majority of cases each flat will receive 180 litres of general waste capacity, replacing the 75 litres which a standard sized metal bin can hold. This will equate to 5 new general waste bins in a close which contains 6 flats, or 6 new bins in a close which has 8 flats. It should be noted that we do not provide an individual wheeled bin for each flat
Residents will receive a letter (including recycling guide) from the Council prior to the replacement of the bins.
We will also provide housing associations and factors with a detailed information pack prior to the roll out of the Bin Replacement Programme in their area.