Timed trade waste collections start in Rose Street

The first phase of a pilot project which will see traders presenting their bins for collection at specific times of the day has begun in Edinburgh’s city centre today [20 January].

Businesses in Rose Street and Rose Street Lanes are the first to trial the new scheme, with further phases scheduled to start in the High Street and Leith Walk in the coming weeks.

Following consultation with the businesses on which collection times they would prefer, trade waste in Rose Street and Rose Street Lanes will be collected between 9am and 10am and between 5 and 6pm from Monday 20 January 2014.

After this date, business waste should not be stored on public space in Rose Street or Rose Street Lanes outwith these times.

Councillor Lesley Hinds, Environment Convener, said: “Overflowing trade waste containers are damaging the look and feel of our city’s streets, not to mention the problems they cause with gulls and other vermin. We need to take action and the outcome of this first trade waste pilot will give us a good indication of how best to tackle the issue.

“Businesses must play their part in keeping Edinburgh clean and tidy and we’re keen to work closely with traders in each of the pilot areas to make sure they comply with the new timed collection arrangements.

"The times of the collection ‘windows’  in Rose Street and Rose Street Lanes have been finalised based on feedback from the businesses themselves, so we hope to see full compliance with the new process. However, we know this may be a big change for some businesses, so we’ll continue to work closely with them and with the trade waste contractors to help them comply with the new requirements and improve the local area for everyone.”

One of the businesses in the first pilot area is Calistoga Restaurant in Rose Street North Lane.

Gordon Minnis, owner of Calistoga Restaurant, said: “We are pleased that the City of Edinburgh Council have taken this opportunity to improve the amenity of Rose Street and its lanes. Over our 5 years here, we have seen a proliferation in refuse containers which are not only unsightly but produce additional problems such as overflowing bins, abandoned bins and fly-tipping. We are looking forward to having a more pleasant environment for not only our customers but tourists, neighbours and ourselves. The Council have a tough job to do and it is nice to be able to applaud their efforts.”

The timed collection pilot scheme was approved by the Council’s Transport and Environment Committee on 29 October 2013.

Businesses can only present waste onto the street for collection at specific times and will be expected to store bags and containers within their properties at other times. A similar policy has been successfully introduced in the City of Westminster and Manchester.

Edinburgh World Heritage, Essential Edinburgh, the Federation of Small Businesses and Historic Scotland were consulted and all are supportive of the aims of the pilot.

Further trade waste pilots will get under way in the High Street (from Jeffrey St/St Mary’s St to Lawnmarket) from 24 February and on Leith Walk from 3 March.

Businesses have a legal obligation to manage their waste and the start of this pilot scheme in Edinburgh comes just weeks after new national legislation came into effect requiring businesses to recycle.

The Waste (Scotland) Regulations state that all businesses and organisations should present key recyclable material for collection from 1 January 2014.

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