Wheely bins idea is back

THEY were rejected following a Shetland-wide survey eight years ago, but wheely bins could yet be appearing in the isles.

Councillors gave their backing on Tuesday for plans to use wheeled bins for commercial waste.

Members of the infrastructure committee heard the bins, which could be offered in three different sizes, would help introduce a fairer charging system for waste disposal.

Residents could also be given the option to join an “opt in” scheme, which could see wheely bins rolled out, at cost to the customer, across the isles within four years.

An estimated 30 per cent of householders are expected to be keen to take up the offer.

Those living in Lerwick and Scalloway will be first to be offered the bins, however.

In 2000 the SIC rejected wheely bins after 71 per cent of respondents turned against the plans.


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