City set for second phase of new recycling service

The second phase of a scheme to make recycling easier for Edinburgh residents will begin rolling out next month.

From mid November, more than 20,000 homes are to receive the new recycling service, which will allow householders extra space for recycling.

This week leaflets were posted to properties affected by the changes, with further information to follow. A full list of streets involved can be downloaded from the Council website.

As part of the update homes 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. 

The first phase of the roll-out came into effect in September, and early indications show at least a 25% increase in recycling participation in the first month. 

Environment Convener, Councillor Lesley Hinds, said: “By rolling the new service out in phases we have been able to learn how best to help the public adapt to changes.

“Households across Edinburgh are already making use of their new bins, and we’re beginning to see the effects.

“It is essential that we make every effort to increase recycling rates and drive down landfill waste, and I know the city’s residents will work with us to achieve this.”

In total, 140,000 households will receive the new kerbside recycling service by September 2015.

Changes to the service will support the Council’s pledge to recycle 70% of the city’s waste by 2025. 

While recycling rates continue to increase, with 38.1% of Edinburgh’s waste recycled in 2013 compared to 36.7% in 2012, improvements are necessary to meet the Scottish Government’s 70% target.

As well as providing environmental benefits, increasing recycling rates can save the Council millions of pounds of taxpayers’ money spent on landfill costs.

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 pave the way for a greener city.

This approach follows a number of other councils, including Falkirk and Fife, who have made the move to increase recycling capacity for residents.

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

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