Bins issue in Cumbernauld sparks fury amidst claims that new system is not fit for purpose

The installation of new bins across Cumbernauld is a process that is simply not fit for purpose, according to a councillor whose casebook is bulging with complaints about litter in key spots.

Cumbernauld Community Park
Cumbernauld Community Park

Councillor Tom Johnston has called for an early Council Report on the new litter bin location system.

And locations like Whitelees Road, Springfield Park and Cumbernauld Community Park have all been branded problem areas.

The Scottish National Party councillor for Cumbernauld East said: “Like other councillors, I have received a steady stream of concerns about the new litter bin system over recent weeks. In particular, I have reports of odorous, full-sized bins requiring to be emptied.

“The rationalisation of litter bin locations and sizes was a Council Budget saving for all North Lanarkshire, but the details of precise locations only emerged later. Following public concerns, the 27-member SNP Group successfully got the Full Council to agree to call for a Council Progress Report.

“Cumbernauld was designed as a New Town, with attractive walking paths in woodland areas, away from residential streets. These are the routes taken by many dog-walkers.

"I have written to Nicole Paterson, Head of Environmental Assets and to Andrew McPherson, Head of Waste Solutions.”

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A council spokesperson said: “The rationalisation of litter bins is being carried out to provide new, larger volume litter bins which are emptied mechanically by bin lorries and deliver a cleaner service to communities to enhance the quality of service delivery. They are being sited near public roads and in the busiest areas in towns and villages. When the implementation is complete, there will be fewer bins but the overall capacity will increase by 400% across North Lanarkshire.

“We are dynamically working with communities and elected members to review the location and emptying frequency of new bins to ensure they meet local needs and, following review, additional bins are to be provided in Seafar.

“The main issue we are experiencing when new bins are installed is rubbish, particularly bagged dog waste, being dropped where smaller bins existed previously instead of disposing of it responsibly.”