Calls on waste down from last year in Edinburgh

Just over a week into the festivals, early figures that show enquiries about waste and cleansing in the city are down by over a quarter (27%) compared to the same time last year.

This includes calls regarding litter, communal bins, dog fouling and fly-tipping.

The figure for the city centre, which is the most challenging area at this time of year due to the population doubling in size, is down by over a third (38%).

A waste improvement plan, agreed in autumn last year, has led to a whole host of measures being put in place including an increase in staff numbers during busy periods and greater engagement with the public through social media, particularly via Twitter alerting people when a reported issue has been resolved. The Our Edinburgh campaign, designed to encourage residents to take more pride in their city, is also having a positive impact.

Cllr Lesley Macinnes, Transport and Environment Convener, said: “As ever, we want to ensure Edinburgh is as clean and tidy as possible for both residents and visitors and, thanks to our hard-working staff, this is a really positive start to one of the city’s busiest times of the year. It is also clear evidence that measures such as increased staffing and the Our Edinburgh campaign are working well.

“We hope to be able to continue to manage this demand, however, we rely on the public doing their share too. We would encourage people to always take care when disposing of their rubbish to help make the Capital as beautiful as we all know it is.”

Improvements in place this summer

  • More than 40 additional staff will provide 24-7 street cleansing support over the busy summer months, joining the existing team of 90 working across the city’s Old and New Town.
  • Additional bin collection resources, as well as more frequent collections, during the busy months.
  • Day time ‘barrow beat’ staff, who are responsible for cleaning around 180km of streets, will be assisted by a night services crew, on hand to service litter bins and trade waste near pubs, clubs and fast food shops.
  • Dedicated Environmental Wardens will patrol the area, focusing on particularly busy periods, to discourage litter-dropping and fly-tipping, working alongside the Waste Compliance Team to enforce again any trade waste infringements by businesses.
  • In the Grassmarket, specially-appointed Ambassadors will also monitor waste and cleansing in the area, while providing advice and guidance to visitors.
  • The public will be encouraged to do their part too, with a series of comedy-themed posters, online videos, ‘bin me’ stickers for takeaway packaging and popular ‘ballot’ cigarette bins designed to encourage responsible rubbish disposal, as part of the ongoing Our Edinburgh campaign


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