Edinburgh Rolls Out New Waste Collection System To Improve Recycling

A new recycling service for more than 140,000 homes in Edinburgh will begin rolling out across the city in an attempt to improve its recycling rate. 

Edinburgh currently recycles 40 percent of its waste and it is hoped the new collection scheme will help boost that figure in order to reach 50 percent by 2020 and then 70 percent by 2025.

To help the public adjust to the changes, recycling advisors will accompany refuse collectors to answer any questions and provide additional information on how the service has been updated.

New collection service:

  • Green bin – Tins, cans, paper, cardboard, envelopes, plastic bottles, pots, tubs and trays
  • Blue box – Glass, batteries, small electricals and textiles
  • New Grey wheelie bin – All waste that can’t be recycled
  • Food waste bin – All food waste
  • Brown bin – Garden waste

Environment Convener, Councillor Lesley Hinds, said: “We are rolling the new recycling service out in phases to ensure we get it right, learning as we go, and will be making every effort to help people to adjust to the changes.

Councillor Lesley Hinds – “There is no doubt we need to increase recycling rates in Edinburgh, and I’m confident the public are willing to work with us to help boost levels of recycling while keeping landfill costs down”

“There is no doubt we need to increase recycling rates in Edinburgh, and I’m confident the public are willing to work with us to help boost levels of recycling while keeping landfill costs down.”

Councillor Adam McVey, Environment Vice Convener, added: “We all need to get recycling if we want Edinburgh to become a sustainable city, and this simplified service is aimed at helping citizens to do that.

“We have seen similar schemes working well for other local authorities and I’m sure we’ll soon see the benefits here too.”

Not only does recycling benefit the environment but by upping rates, the Council can save on the millions of pounds of taxpayers money paid each year in landfill costs.
 An analysis of general waste in Edinburgh, carried out in 2010, found that more than two thirds of people’s bin contents could be recycled.

Now, by increasing capacity for recycling, simplifying the system and accepting more materials, it is hoped the new kerbside recycling service will encourage more households to recycle and sort their waste, helping to save on landfill costs and paving the way for a greener city.


 

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