Seasonal change to brown bin collection

Archived news: published on Monday 29 Oct 2018 by Fife Council

The seasonal change will start from the week beginning 10 December 2018, and two-weekly collections will resume during the week starting 4 March 2019.


A recent survey showed that there is less demand for this service from Fifers over the winter months. Having less green waste in kerbside brown bins over the winter means bin collection lorries are not full, and that the council has the opportunity to reduce operating costs and maximise the use of resources, while reducing its environmental impact.


Residents should visit Fife Council's website FifeDirect to access their updated bin calendar with collection days.


Fifers can also sign up for email alerts to find out when there are any changes to your future waste and recycling collection calendar.


The brown bin is the only household waste/ recycling bin that is changing in collection frequency. 


Cllr. Ross J Vettraino, Fife Council’s Convener - Environment, Protective Services & Community Safety Committee, said: “A recent survey showed that less than 7% of Fife residents placed their brown bin out every two weeks during the winter.
“Because there is very little garden waste during the winter, the Council is reducing the number of compost/food waste collections over the winter period so that resources, if required, can be redirected to support other waste collection services, which are sometimes stretched due to adverse weather conditions.  It also means that the council’s recycling points will be serviced more often, particularly during the busy festive season.
“There isn’t a problem storing food waste over a longer period over cooler months. As always, the waste should only be placed in compostable liners or newspaper and the bin lid should be kept closed. Unlike some other local councils, Fife Council continues to offer this service over the winter months.”

Vehicles that are not being utilised on compost routes will be able to assist in servicing recycling points over the particularly busy festive period.  


Other ways of reducing or dealing with garden/food waste:

  • Look at ways of reducing food waste - portion and meal planning, as well as reusing left overs, can save money as well as waste Saving food saves money and helps to slow down global warming and deforestation. Reducing the amount of food that ends up in the bin also means you can say goodbye to unnecessary packaging waste.
  • Consider a home compost bin as an alternative for this type of waste, which is the best way to treat garden waste in an environmentally friendly way.
  • You can take additional garden waste, soil or rubble to most of our recycling centres. Please visit
Alexander Anderson, Team Manager Waste Operations (South) 
Tel: 03451 55 55 55 + Ext 47 34 24 Contact Alexander Anderson online
By Post: Fife Council Bankhead Central Bankhead Park Glenrothes Fife KY7 6GH
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