Latest news on waste collections, gritting and winter weather

Information on the current forecast and service changes, and advice for residents and party-goers over the next few days.


The forecast for Hogmanay is that is should stay mainly dry but cloudy, with temperatures staying above zero and a light, easterly wind. Detailed forecasts are available from the Met Office.

Waste collections

There will be no wheelie bin collections on 3, 4 and 5 January. For full details of these and other service changes please see our page on festive waste collections.

There is a concerted effort to work through the backlog of domestic waste collections and this is ongoing. The temporary skips across the city are going to remain in place for now. Now that much of the snow has gone, neighbourhood teams are going to increase effort on street cleaning and removing litter.

Roads and pavement snow/ice clearing

The thaw has removed most of the ice and snow from pavements and roads across the city although it is still a problem in some of the higher and more remote areas in the South, South West and West neighbourhoods. Private contractors are being retained to continue with snow and ice clearing in these areas but elsewhere contractors are being stood down. Snow and ice clearing is also being carried out on the main strategic off-road cycle ways. Neighbourhood Task Force crews have now been switched back to street-cleaning duties to deal with build-ups of litter now that the snow is disappearing.


There have been requests for the Council to remove grit on roads and pavements now that the temperatures have eased. However as temperatures may fall to zero or below in the latter part of the weekend the grit is going to be left in place for now as there will be a risk of icy surfaces.

Road repairs

Squads are carrying out emergency repairs to potholes across the city with permanent repairs in the new year.

Frozen pipes

Advice on how to deal with frozen and burst pipes is available from the Scottish Water website. Council house tenants should contact Edinburgh Building Services as normal if they have any weather-related problems.


Edinburgh's Hogmanay Street Party organisers advise revellers to:

  • Dress for the weather
  • Look after each other and arrange a meeting point
  • Think about how to get home

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