Thousands more residents sign up to new garden waste service

Thousands of residents signed up to receive Edinburgh’s new garden waste collection service during the latest registration window.

A total of 9526 brown bins were registered to 8911 homes earlier this month, when citizens were given a second opportunity to opt in to fortnightly collections.

This is in addition to the 61,221 bins registered in July. Collections began for these households from October 8, with 340 tonnes of garden waste picked up in the first week.

Households who signed up in October for the service, which costs £25 a year, will receive permits later in November, once rerouting has been carried out. A further registration window will open in February.

Anyone who chooses not to sign up for the garden waste service and no longer wants their brown bin can request for it to be collected online, though must notify the Council by 30 November. 

Transport and Environment Convener, Councillor Lesley Macinnes, said: “There are now 70,747 brown bins registered across the city, which means we can continue to provide collections to over 65,000 homes while saving more than £1.4m to towards essential services.

“That almost 9000 more households signed up to the new garden waste service during the latest window demonstrates the appetite for recycling across the city – we collected 340 tonnes of garden waste in the first week of the service alone. 

“Anyone who hasn’t signed up to the new service still can – register your interest online for reminders of the next registration window.” 

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. Based on the number of people to have signed up so far, this will save the Council more than £1.6m towards other, essential services.

In addition, the move to a four-day rota for kerbside collections, which began on 8 October, will save the Council up to £500,000 as well as ending the collection of bins from residential estates late in the evening.

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

Residents can register an interest in the next registration window for an email reminder when it opens on the Council website.

Find out more about waste and recycling online.

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