Recycling Centres are open during industrial action

Published on Friday 12 April 2019

All seven of Angus’ recycling centres are open during the current period of industrial action, but please be aware that the strike action will mean that all centres are likely to be much busier than usual, particularly during weekends.

We have re-instated general waste skips at Brechin, Carnoustie, Kirriemuir and Monifieth recycling centres. If your scheduled kerbside collection was missed this provides an option to take your black bag waste to a recycling centre. Alternatively, you can put out up to three additional bags of rubbish (general waste only) on your next collection.

These are temporary measures aimed at supporting households where strike action meant their routine kerbside collection was missed. Please consider this when deciding whether your trip to the recycling centre is necessary.

To help to minimise any congestion and delay, we would ask that you continue to take larger, bulky items to out larger recycling centres at Arbroath, Forfar and Montrose, where there is specialist machinery used to compact skips and keep them available for longer.

Commercial waste continues to be accepted at Arbroath, Forfar and Montrose only.

You can find the operating hours for the recycling centres on our website in addition to information about the kerbside collection service we are able to provide during the strike action, which is updated daily.

Angus Council recognises that this period of industrial action is causing disruption and inconvenience to all our communities and we thank you for your understanding. We remain committed to discussions with Unite the union with the aim of bringing their strike action to as swift a conclusion as possible.

The new shift arrangements were introduced on 8 April, the same date that Unite the union and its members of our refuse collection staff elected to begin strike action.

We must make savings in the service and the changes that have been introduced ensure there are no job losses while achieving annual savings of £160,000 and removing £2 million worth of vehicles from the fleet. Staff working the new shift pattern will qualify for an additional payment for working unsocial hours.

Angus Council has been in discussion with staff and trade unions for approximately 18 months and held more than 20 depot briefing sessions, staff Q&A drop-in sessions, ‘one-to-one’ meetings with every employee and multiple consultative meetings with recognised trade unions. There has also been a formal consultation exercise to give every employee the opportunity to comment on the proposals and which led to several changes being made.

A joint steering group of council officers and trade union reps, including Unite, was also formed and met on several occasions to scrutinise associated savings and develop the proposals before they were finalised.

The start of the new shift pattern was postponed for 12 months to give staff more time to prepare for the change.

Our website contains advice and information in relation to the bin strikes that may be of use to you.