New smaller wheelie bins ‘to encourage recycling’

Mum Rebecca McCombe with kids Aaron , 13, Samuel, 11, and Naomi, 8. Pic: Ian Georgeson

Mum Rebecca McCombe with kids Aaron , 13, Samuel, 11, and Naomi, 8. Pic: Ian Georgeson

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AROUND 20,000 households are set to receive a new slimmed-down wheelie bin as part of a recycling drive.

Homes in the northern, eastern and southern districts of the Capital will receive a 140-litre waste bin and one box – replacing the red and blue recycling containers – in the first phase of 140,000-home roll-out launching on September 1.

The new, smaller bin will be used for general waste with the current green wheelie bin redeployed for mixed recycling. Blue boxes will still be used 
for glass, food and garden 
recycling.

It is hoped the overhaul will simplify bin collections which will take place on the same day each week.

Among the first families to test the scheme is Rebecca McCombe, who lives in Willowbrae with her husband William, 45, and their three childen.

The 40-year-old mum said she manages the demands of recycling by encouraging her children to help out.

She added the new simplified process will make things “a lot easier”.

“Hopefully, it will encourage more people to recycle, and hopefully it will be more cost effective for the council,” she said.

“But there are five of us here so if the collection wasn’t weekly my bin would over-spill.”

The following areas will be affected by the first phase of changes: Alnwickhill, Blackhall, Burdiehouse, Cleikimin, Craigentinny, Craigleith, Drylaw, Gilmerton, Goldenacre, Hyvot Bank, Joppa, Kaimes, Leith, Liberton, Lochend, Muirhouse, Niddrie, Orchard Brae, Piershill, Prestonfield, Restalrig, Southhouse, The Inch, Trinity, Wardie, Warrisoton and Willowbrae.

Houses affected will receive information from mid-July.

Chas Booth, Green councillor for Leith and environment spokesman, said: “The principle of making recycling easier is one we whole-heartedly ­support.

“We are supportive of the move with the caveat that ‘the devil is in the detail’. It is absolutely essential that the council get the transition from the present system to the new running smoothly, and they don’t make any mistakes and move to a fortnightly collection for landfill waste because when that happened the council was inundated with complaints.

“It is essential that the council informs residents well in advance.”

Environment leader Cllr Lesley Hinds said: “We know that this new recycling service can work, as we have seen in other local authorities, and I am confident that the general public want to help us to boost recycling rates as landfill costs continue to increase.

“We will make every effort to help people adjust to the changes, engaging with communities, visiting homes, providing advice and monitoring to find out which households need most support.”

john.connell@edinburghnews.com