Councillor Hinds responds to recent media coverage about bin collections

Environment Convener Councillor Lesley Hinds has today issued the following statement in response to recent press reports concerning bin collections.

Councillor Lesley Hinds, Environment Convener, said: "It's standard practice for most local authorities across Scotland not to pick up overflowing bins or excess waste and this was always our policy in Edinburgh. We had relaxed it for a short while to let the people get used to the change to collections, but we are now in the second phase of reintroducing the policy and are not picking up bags left next to bins or any bins found to be overflowing - please note that only this is affecting a very small proportion of collections. 

"Our recycling advisers are visiting properties where this has been happening, to offer householders whatever advice they need on how to maximise the use of the many ways to recycle and to reduce the waste they put out in their green bins. Residents who do put out excess waste will also get a letter advising them that they will receive a written warning if the problem carries on.

"By overflowing bins, we don't mean bins where the lid is only slightly ajar. We expect our staff to be applying a sensible, common sense approach to this. However, in the very small number of cases where refuse collection staff are perhaps misinterpreting the policy, we will make sure we speak to the teams and run through the policy with them again so that they are clear on what is acceptable for collection and what isn't. We'll also go back and lift the bins whose lids have been left only slightly ajar, to ensure that we keep streets clean and litter-free."

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