Changes to waste collections for households across the city

Edinburgh residents are being reminded about changes to garden waste collections as the existing service comes to an end and a new service begins.

A total of 61,221 permits have been issued to 56,300 properties for the new fortnightly service, which begins on 8 October.

Households who registered for brown bin collections will receive permits and new calendars from 24 September, while letters with information on the next registration window (9am, 1 October – 12pm, 16 October) will be sent to those who haven’t signed up.

People who have not signed up for the new service should check their current calendars for their final free collection, which could be anywhere between 17 September and 5 October.

Some homes will also receive new kerbside collection calendars as part of a move to four-day week collection rotas. The change, which was agreed as part of the 2018/19 budget, will result in new collection days for many homes as bins are collected between 6am and 5pm, Tuesday to Friday.

Transport and Environment Convener, Councillor Lesley Macinnes, said: “We want to make sure everyone is prepared for collection changes, and will be writing to residents to keep them up to date over the coming weeks.

“I’m pleased that so many people have signed up to the new, improved service, meaning we can continue collecting garden waste while saving the Council almost £1.4m, helping to deliver the services that really matter to the people of Edinburgh.

“Anyone who didn’t manage to register earlier this year will still be able to sign up, with the next registration window opening in October, and the quickest and easiest way to do this is online.”

Councillors agreed to begin charging £25 annually for the non-statutory garden waste service in February, increasing collections from once every three weeks to once every two weeks. Sign-ups for the service have exceeded the Council’s business case target, saving just under £1.4m.

In addition, the move to a four-day rota for kerbside collections will save the Council up to £500,000 as well as ending the collection of bins from residential estates late in the evening.

As part of rerouting for this service change, some residents will receive a one-off interim collection of their bins. These households will receive letters with further information on this.

Anyone who hasn’t registered for the new garden waste service is encouraged to compost their waste or take it to one of the Council’s Household Waste Recycling Centres. Further details on the next registration window (9am, 1 October – 12pm, 16 October) are available on the Council website.

Find out more about the garden waste service online.

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