NEW on-street bin hubs are to be installed in a pilot in Glasgow in plans for a major shake-up of refuse collections.

The plans mean bins will be removed from back courts in tenement properties, in a radical change for the city.

Generations of Glaswegians, who live in tenements, have made the trip to take the rubbish to the bins in the back courts.

The change, to be trialled in three areas, will see new waste and recycling hubs installed on the road instead.

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There will be four different bins at each hub servicing around 40 to 50 flats.

Separate bins for general waste, paper and card, plastic containers and food waste will be placed on the road facing the pavement.

Each hub will state which properties the bins are to be used for.

The idea is that people will drop their rubbish off, in smaller amounts and more often, when leaving their homes.

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The council said the change will bring the city in line with similar arrangements in other cities, where back court collections are not the norm.

Each street bin hub will take up the space of around one and a half parking spaces.

Bins will be emptied more often than just now, with the general waste picked up every four days and recycling bins every eight days.

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No property will be more than 50 metres from a bin hub.

The council said it will make the bins easier to collect, as the workers will no longer have to pull heavy bins through closes or out of back lanes.

The physical impact of continually dragging heavy bins through closes and often up and down stairs has been a complaint of workers.

It is also intended that people will have access to more outdoor space in their back court to enjoy.

The first trial will start in streets in Pollokshields, then Haghill in the East End, and also in Anderston.

If successful, the plan is to roll it out across the city over a number of years.

Ruairi Kelly, convener for neighbourhood services, said the city has to change its approach.

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He said: "Glasgow has to do bins better and that means we've all got to make a few changes.

"We need to make sure the council's limited and stretched resources go as far as they can, that health and wellbeing issues staff raise with us are properly addressed and that recycling rates and the effectiveness of household waste collections improves.

"On-street bin hubs have been working really effectively in many European cities and Glasgow shouldn't be any different.

"Everyone wants to see a cleaner and greener Glasgow. Get this right and we've taken a giant step along the way."