HOUSEHOLDERS in the Cowdenbeath-Lochgelly area are set to see their brown compost/food waste bins collected every four weeks across the winter, from December.

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

A recent survey showed that there is less demand for this service 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.

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: “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."