Residents across the Falkirk Council area will see the introduction of a two weekly collection for their brown bin between April and September starting from Monday 2 April.

Residents should check the bin collection calendar for their updated brown bin collection dates . For the vast majority of households the brown bin will be collected on the week following their blue bin. All other bin, box and caddy collection dates remain the same.

You can also download their bin calendars to their mobile devices.

Brown bins are used for the recycling of garden waste such as leaves, grass, plant material, twigs and small branches but cannot be used for soil or stones.

Material from brown bins is then taken to the Council facility at Kinneil Kerse to be turned into compost. This compost can be collected for free for use by Falkirk Council households.

Councillor Paul Garner, spokesperson for the Environment said: “The two week brown bin service will be welcomed by many residents over the summer months to help recycle their garden waste correctly. It is a popular service that we provide and we are sure it will be well used.”

“Collection dates for brown bins can be checked online where you can download your collection schedule to direct your smartphone.”

Falkirk Council also operates two Recycling Centres at Roughmute and Kinneil that accept garden waste, seven days a week from 8am to 8pm (last entry at 7.45pm) from April to September with reduced hours at other times.