A new measure has been approved for St Andrews that expects businesses in the town centre to remove waste bins or containers from the roads after 10:30 am.
The measure comes from the Fife Council’s Environment, Protective Services and Community Safety Committee and will be enforced as of 1 April.
Bins will only be allowed to be on the streets during the designated collection slot of 7:30 am to 10:30 am.
Failure to comply with the new measure means that business will have to pay the cost of recovering rubbish.
All business will be expected to comply with the new rule, including pubs and clubs. Thus, even late-night establishments are expected to arrive between 7:30 am and 10:30 am to present and remove their bins.
Glasgow and Edinburgh have brought similar policies into effect which have proven successful.
The policy has been brought to St Andrews in order to clear the streets for tourists and town events.
SNP councillor Ross Vettraino stated the policy will urge businesses to handle their waste more responsibly, which will reduce the amount of litter and vermin on the streets.
Mr Vettraino also ensured that businesses have been consulted along the way in making this policy.
He further stated that everything has been done to ensure that businesses can easily comply with the new policy.
For St Andrews, this will mean that locals and students will no longer have to manoeuvre around trash bins on their way to class or work, and the Council also hopes the measure will improve the general aesthetic of the town.