New recycling service approaching for 20,000 households

Homes included in the first phase of a new, simpler recycling service in Edinburgh will receive further information on the changes this week.

Approximately 20,000 houses will be affected by the update, which will result in extra recycling space for householders.

Overall around 140,000 households will receive the new service, being rolled out over five phases between this September and summer 2015.

It means residents will use a new, smaller, grey wheelie bin for their landfill waste and their current standard green wheelie bin for mixed recycling, increasing capacity for recyclable materials. Their existing blue box will be used for recycling glass and, for the first time, small electricals. Food and garden recycling will continue as normal. 

Information packs, which will begin dropping through letterboxes this week, will let householders know that the new recycling and waste service is coming soon, explaining how the current situation is about to change.

It will also include a guide on the recycling service, information on how to use the new bins, tips on how to prepare and a collection calendar.

This is part of a wider drive to help residents adjust to the roll-out, and will be supported with visits from specially-trained recycling advisors, posters, web and social media updates to help spread the message, along with a series of informative events throughout the city. 

Environment Convener Councillor Lesley Hinds said: "It is essential that those receiving the new recycling service are kept well-informed and we’ll be ensuring this by providing plenty of information, tips and visits from recycling advisors.

"By rolling the service out in phases we will be able to learn as we go, monitoring the process and helping residents adjust to changes.

"It is incredibly important that we increase our recycling rates and reduce landfill in Edinburgh, and I am confident that the new, simplified service will go some way to achieving this."

Edinburgh currently recycles almost 40% of its waste but needs to continue to improve if it is to meet a target of 70% by 2025.

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.

By rolling the changes out in phases, the Council aims to learn as it progresses, helping residents to adjust to the new service by offering advice and support throughout the process.

Visit the recycling pages on the Council website for more information.

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