Timed trade waste collections begin on Leith Walk

Traders on Leith Walk will be required to present their waste for collection at specific times of the day as part of the roll-out of a pilot project in Edinburgh.

The scheme, which is already in place on Rose Street and Rose Street Lanes, will see trade waste on Leith Walk collected between 10am and 11.30am and 2pm and 3.30pm.

The timed trade waste collections pilot, agreed by the Transport and Environment Committee in October, aims to reduce the amount of trade waste stored on the city's streets, and resulting litter.

Businesses must not store their waste on public space outwith collection windows, which were agreed after consultation with traders in each area on which collection times they would prefer.

Measures to enforce the scheme have now been put in place on Rose Street and Rose Street Lanes, where the pilot was launched in January. Trade waste companies who leave unauthorised bins on the street will be advised that these will be removed at a charge if they don’t collect them, while businesses who present waste outside of collection times will receive fixed penalty notices.

It is hoped controls will encourage local traders and trade waste companies to comply with the new rules, creating a cleaner, tidier environment for city centre shoppers.

Councillor Lesley Hinds, Environment Convener, said: “It is essential that we take action to minimise the unslightly presence of trade waste containers on our streets, which not only attract gulls and vermin but damage the surroundings in Edinburgh’s historic city.

“Creating an appealing atmosphere for shoppers, visitors and residents is beneficial to businesses, and we must work together to keep Edinburgh the beautiful city it is.

“We will continue to work to support businesses in the pilot areas to adjust to the timed collections, though as part of this we must take measures to ensure compliance amongst trade waste companies and local traders.”

In addition to presenting waste on the street for collection at specific times, businesses will be expected to manage bags and containers within the area of their own business at other times. 

Where storage is an issue businesses are encouraged to change how they manage waste, for example reducing the volume of waste produced, recycling more, having more frequent collections of bagged waste or sharing containers with neighbours. 

The pilot, which follows similar, successful schemes introduced in the City of Westminster and Manchester, has the support of Edinburgh World Heritage, Essential Edinburgh, the Federation of Small Businesses and Historic Scotland.

Timed trade waste collections in Edinburgh were launched shortly after new national legislation, the Waste (Scotland) Regulations 2012, required all businesses and organisations to present key recyclable material separately for collection from 1 January 2014.

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